Parasitology. The Biology of Animal Parasites

by Elmer R. Noble, Ph.D., Professor of Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, and Glenn A. Noble, Ph.D., Head, Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo, California. 767 pages, illustrated (424 illustrations and 3 color plates). Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1961. $11.00

B. M. Honigberg Department of Zoology University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

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The book may be divided into three parts. The short introductory chapters include definitions of various terms as well as general considerations of life cycles and embryology of parasitic organisms. The second, longest portion (511 pp.), represents a systematic review of protozoan, helminth (platyhelminths, nematodes, and nematomorphs), and arthropod parasites, and includes also a short chapter on the “Miscellaneous Phyla” (Mesozoa, Porifera, Coelenterata, Ctenophora, Nemertea, Acanthocephala, Annelida, and Mollusca). The remaining 189 pages are concerned with the broader approach to parasitism and deal with physiology and biochemistry, effects of parasitism on the host and the parasite, as well as with ecology and evolution of parasitism.

It is the last part, dealing with the broader aspects, which, based on a thorough review of the pertinent literature, constitutes the important contribution to the field of parasitology.No one can expect an exhaustive presentation in a text book intended for advanced undergraduates, but the wealth of information included is impressive and reflects the familiarity of the authors with the various facets of their field.