A Treatise on Kala-Azar

By Upendranath Brahmachari, M.A., M.D., Ph.D. 1928. Pp. I–XV, 1–252. John Bale, Sons and Danielsson, Ltd., London

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This work is an English translation of the author's treatise on “Kalaazar” in Mense's “Handbuch der Tropenkrankheiten,” vol. IV, 1926, brought up to date. It contains all of the latest facts regarding the etiology, prophylaxis, and treatment of this infection, and is of special interest because written by one who has contributed so many basic additions to our knowledge of the subject. The author's discovery of the fact the Leishmania donovani not only produces visceral leishmaniasis but also a form of dermal leishmaniasis, thus linking this species still more closely with Leishmania tropica, was a most valuable contribution to our knowledge, while his studies of the chemotherapy of the aromatic antimonials, resulting finally in the discovery of urea stibamine, have resulted in placing the treatment of this infection upon a scientific foundation and have rendered it possible to regard all cases as amenable to treatment except those with fatal complications.

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