Leptospirosis in Man and Animals

by J. M. Alston, M.D., F.R.C.P. Edin., J. C. Broom, O.B.E., M.D., and C. J. A. Doughty, B.A., with foreword by Sir Samuel Bedson, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., F.R.S., 367 pages, illustrated. Edinburgh & London, E. & S. Livingstone, Ltd. (Williams & Wilkins exclusive U. S. agents), 1958, $8.50

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This is an exhaustive presentation and might well be titled “A Treatise on Leptospirology,” (to coin a term). It is developed on a chronological basis, which makes for easier understanding and clarification of the mass of data presented. The style of writing is clear and interesting. It presents every important aspect of the subject in detail, with documentation on every point. There is a list of about 850 references, an Index of Authors and Sources and an Index of Subjects. The book is illustrated with interesting protraits and with photomicrographs and electronographs of varying degrees of clarity. The four sections deal with, first: Morphology, Classification, Physiology and Distribution of Leptospires (64 pages); second, Leptospirosis in Man (71 pages); third, Leptospirosis in Animals (39 pages); fourth, Leptospirosis in Regions Most Affected (23 pages). An Appendix presents methods for cultivation and serological study.