May 1964

Medical Department, United States Army: Preventive Medicine in World War II; Vol VI.

Author Affiliations

Communicable Diseases; Malaria. By Lt Gen Leonard D. Heaton, The Surgeon General, United States Army; Col John Boyd Coates, Jr., MC, USA; Ebbe Curtis Hoff, PhD, MD; Phebe M. Hoff, MA. Price, $6.25. Pp 642, with 63 illustrations. Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):789. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110169048

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It is impossible to overestimate the military importance of malaria; its conquest meant the survival of civilization as we know it, for until that conquest had been accomplished, progress in the war in the East had been small. The means whereby that conquest was made are of great historical importance, but they are more than that. They could again be the means of survival. The detailed recording of the great work that went into malaria control is therefore in itself an accomplishment of very great importance, and in compiling it the authors have performed a valuable service to mankind.

The volume comprises a review of the malaria control central organizations followed by experience in the United States, South Atlantic, and Caribbean areas, the various African and Middle Eastern theaters, and the China, Burma, India, Far Eastern, and Pacific theaters. The magnitude of the effort made to control malaria is perhaps

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