From the vast literature on the history and biology of mosquitoes Dr. Bates has attempted to compile the known facts concerning mosquito behavior as well as to point out the needed studies. The material included is frequently classified under the discipline of ecology and physiology. The first part of the book is organized around the life history of the mosquito, taking up in turn the characteristics of behavior, physiology and environmental relations of the adult, larval and pupal stages.
The medical man will be particularly interested in chapter 14, which deals with mosquitoes as vectors of viruses. The relations of these insects as transmitters of yellow fever; dengue; Venezuelan, western and eastern equine encephalitis; St. Louis and Japanese B. encephalitis; West Nile virus; lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and Rift Valley fever are discussed. In addition, several other viruses have been recovered from mosquitoes in nature. Equine infectious anemia, fowlpox and rabbit myxoma