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Siam: Nature and Industry

Nature volume 128, page 209 (08 August 1931) | Download Citation



IT is seldom that a book of this nature, issued by a State, presumably for propaganda purposes, can be recommended as having any scientific value. This volume, however, is an exception. It avoids the usual guide-book information and self-congratulatory statements, and contains a number of serious chapters on the scientific aspects of the country. Most of these are written by competent authorities under their own names. Thus the book is a valuable compendium on the geology, fauna, flora, ethnology, agriculture, mining, and other aspects of Siam. It is particularly useful, since accurate information on many matters relating to Siam is not easy to find. Several of the chapters were issued as separate pamphlets in 1926. They are now revised and collected in this volume, with additions, which was prepared for the congress of the Far Eastern Association of Tropical Medicine, held at Bangkok in December 1930. There are several maps and illustrations.

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