To a revision of the work of these two well known authorities much knowledge that has accumulated since the publication (1925) of the first edition is added. The preface states that the senior author is mainly responsible for approximately the first half of the book, which covers the history and distribution, epidemiology and communicability, and prophylaxis, while the junior author presents the etiology, clinical aspects and treatment of the disease. However, each author has had the benefit of his colleague's wide experience and extensive knowledge on the subject.
The book presents a vast amount of information on leprosy in a relatively short space. Furthermore, it is presented in a manner that makes it most interesting to lay as well as to medical readers. While it is apparent that the authors believe in the principles of segregation of leprous patients they point out with laudable impartiality the advantages and disadvantages connected