30 APRIL 1954, Page 27

A nom about the disease and malnutrition of many millions

of Asians between Afghan- istan and Borneo must be regarded as Important by almost any standard of judge- ment, particularly now. Ritchie Calder has written about what he saw as the leader of a team which made this journey at the request of the World Health Organisation. With a few deft brush-strokes here and there he manages to convey the complexity of Much from the complex life-cycles of disease organisms to the almost incredible difficul- ties under which reformers work among backward peoples. But perhaps because the journey was too long for one book or for other reasons which make journalism mostly an impressionistic art in miniature, the overall picture is uneven and irritating !II. Parts. It is, nevertheless, a magnificently Illustrated tract.

J. H.