Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In 1681 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek gave the first description of giardia from his own stools. It was not until 1859 that this “animalcule” was described again, in greater detail, by the Czech philologist-pathologist Zilen Lambl. Little progress had been made in understanding the physiology of giardia and its relationship to human disease until the last decade.

The stated purpose of Erlandsen and Meyer's is “to celebrate the tricentennial of discovery by presenting the recent advances in our knowledge of this parasite.” Albeit it appears three years after the tricentennial, this book fulfills its purposes and appropriately honors van Leeuwenhoek's discovery with a great wealth of interesting and up-to-date information. Divided in three sections (Structure and Physiology, Clinical Aspects, and Epidemiology), the book is co-authored by 30 investigators, each of them a well known authority on some aspect of giardiasis.


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