History of the Surveillance and Control of Transmissible Animal Diseases outlines the history of the surveillance and control of the major animal transmissible diseases (sheep pox, foot and mouth disease, anthrax, glanders, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, rinderpest, rabies, tuberculosis, and ecto- and endoparasitic diseases), as well as wildlife diseases. A chapter is devoted to each of these subjects. It deals successively with symptomatology (clinical description, incubation, laboratory diagnosis), lesions, aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology (contagiosity, means of contagion, susceptible species, virulent matter), sanitary control (general hygiene, isolation, slaughter, destruction of virulent matter), medical control, treatment and health regulation. Advances in knowledge and theories concerning each of the above points are studied from Antiquity through to the 19th Century, with detailed bibliographic references. History of the Surveillance and Control of Transmissible Animal Diseases also contains a chronology of the main works and authors cited, as well as notes on the diseases studied.
"[...] a book that is scholarly and exhaustive without being turgid or dull, illuminating and engaging without being superficial or facetious. It really ought to be in the library of every animal disease research establishment, and of course of every veterinary school where one would hope that students as well as staff would peruse it [...]"
– Veterinary History