Introduction to Protozoology

by Reginald D. Manwell, Professor of Zoology, Syracuse University, 642 pages, illustrated, New York, St. Martins Press, 1961. $12.00

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  • Department of Parasitology Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Illinois

This is a text designed for undergraduate and graduate students in biology. To the majority of the readers of this Journal it would be of little direct use. Although the protozoa parasitic in man are effectively covered, the coverage is abbreviated and not directly oriented for the clinician or the public health worker. Nevertheless, both of these groups will find valuable background material not normally included in a clinical or preventive medicine text.

The biology and interrelations of the protozoa, including comparative physiology, is more thoroughly covered than in any of the competing texts the reviewer has seen. The classification and taxonomy is adequately covered and yet the text is not taxonomically oriented. The attempted coverage is rather ambitious and reasonably well documented, but the successive chapters on various aspects of biology perforce require recurrent cross-references on specific organisms. This troubled the reviewer and he developed the suspicion that the beginning student might get a little lost and confused. Of the 642 pages the first 264 pages, in 13 chapters, are given over to the more general coverage: Chapter 1 Nature, Variety, Habitat; 2 Microscope and Protozoology; 3 Antiquity of the Protozoa; 4 Ecology; 5 Morphology; 6 Nutrition; 7 Metabolism; 8 Locomotion; 9 Growth and Differentiation; 10 Encystment; 11 Reproduction; 12 Genetics; and 13 Principles and Problems of Classification.

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