An ideal textbook on any subject is a difficult achievement, but the work by Dr. Keers and Dr. Rigden approaches that goal as closely as is possible in the space allowed. The authors' aims have been to restrict the size to suit the convenience of those for whom the book is intended i. e., "students and practitioners" —busy people who have no time for controversial matters or inconsequential minutiae.
On the whole, the work shows that the authors are on familiar ground throughout and have in every important discussion given the correct and most widely accepted method. The subject is discussed in the usually accepted order of sequence: bacteriology, pathology, epidemiology and resistance, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The latter includes, in addition to the usual methods, after-care, rehabilitation and the treatment of tuberculosis as a national problem.
It would be too much, however, to expect the book to