Tropical Eosinophilia

by N. Islam, M.B., B.S. (Cal.), T.D.D. (Wales), M.R.C.P. (Ed.), F.C.P.S., (Pk.), Professor of Medicine, Medical College and Hospital, Chittagong, East Pakistan, and Joint Director, Institute of Post-Graduate Medicine, Decca, East Pakistan. 142 pages, illustrated. Anwara Islam, Chittagong. 12/-net, from Institute of Post Graduate Medicine, Decca 2, East Pakistan

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This monograph has 15 chapters and 139 pages with a good index and list of references. The chapters are very short and the style of writing is often telegraphic, giving a series of facts with little or no elaboration.

The chapters on “Conditions associated with eosinophilia,” “History,” “Pathology,” “Differential diagnosis,” and “Treatment” are particularly good. The author has brought together the most pertinent literature on tropical eosinophilia and has organized it so that one follows step by step each discovery which led to the development of our present understanding of the syndrome.

There are a few shortcomings; sometimes it is difficult to follow the continuity of thought. For example, in chapter 2 when listing the parasitic infections associated with eosinophilia, filariasis is omitted; however, in the chapter on etiology, several pages are devoted to filariasis and eosinophilia. The chapter on serology, and the figures of histopathology, with the exception of Figures 1 and 2, pg. 31, are poor.