The Treatment of Tropical Diseases

Second Edition, by W. H. Jopling, F.R.C.P. (Edin), M.R.C.P. (Lond.), D.T.M. & H. (Eng.), Senior Hospital Medical Officer and Consultant Leprologist, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, University College Hospital, London; Consultant in Tropical Dermatology, St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London. viii + 166 pages. John Wright & Sons Ltd., Stonebridge Press, Bristol, BS4 5NU, England. 1968. (Available through Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, $8.50.)

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The first edition of this book was published in 1960, and the reviewer welcomed its arrival because for the first time it provided a short, handy reference source without the clutter of irrelevant material. In the second edition the author has maintained the same format but has added to the text by including short sections dealing with the treatment of tuberculosis, the superficial mycoses, Kaposi's sarcoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, Buruli ulcer, and scabies. Of the 166 pages, roughly one-third deals with the protozoan and helminth parasites, another one-third with infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, spirochetes, and viruses, while the remaining one-third is concerned with a wide variety of miscellaneous conditions including blood diseases, malnutrition, heat disorders, poisonous bites, etc. There is a useful appendix on immunization.

It should be noted that in this recommendation of drugs, the author perhaps shows undue enthusiasm for the more recent chemotherapeutic agents. There is some doubt that all workers in the field will agree with his statement that “thiabendazole (mintezol) has displaced older methods of treatment” for hookworm infections.