A Manual of Practical Tropical Sanitation

By J. Balfour Kirk. pp. 300 including index and 46 figs. New York. William Wood & Company. 1937

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Kirk has designed this neat and compact little volume primarily for sanitary inspectors but he reminds us in the Foreword that other persons, notably estate and mine managers and engineers, may profit by it.

The contents are divided into twenty-two chapters and the consideration of the material begins with a discussion of the cell, followed by a sketchy outline of anatomy and physiology. Then come two chapters on the communicable diseases between which for some reason is sandwiched an extremely brief outline of helminth infections.

The best discussions and probably the most important for any sanitary inspector are contained in the later chapters dealing with disinfection, housing, food, milk and water supplies. Those treating of the important sanitary functions, sewage and waste disposal, are brief but good.

That the subject of amebiasis is not handled more in extenso is a mistake because amebic infection is sufficiently widespread and pernicious in the tropics to demand more attention by far than is accredited to it.