In 1914 Admiral Stitt prepared a modest handbook on tropical diseases. It was only 421 pages long, was simply written and, as The Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reported (18:96 [April 15] 1915), was so planned that students could visualize the subject from every angle.
The book was deservedly popular, so that new editions were necessary every few years. The fifth edition was printed in 1929. It had kept pace with advancing knowledge and was 918 pages long. The author, however, succeeded in maintaining the book's character and charm. The Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which had studied each edition carefully, was glad to point out that even though fifteen years old, Stitt's "Tropical Diseases" could still be recommended as a reliable guide to all members of the medical profession (32:172 [June 15] 1929).
The sixth edition is more elaborate than its predecessors and appears in