Parasites of the Human Heart

by B. H. Kean, M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Professor of Medicine (Tropical Medicine), Cornell University Medical College, and Chief of Parasitology, The New York Hospital, New York City, and Roger C. Breslau, M.D. xi + 186 pages, illustrated. Grune & Stratton, New York and London. 1964. $5.00

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine and Public Health Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Much stimulating information has been assembled in this presentation of cardiopathies of man caused by animal parasites. Workers in parasitic and tropical diseases are well acquainted with the pathological effects produced by protozoa and helminths in their usual host-tissue locations in the human body. This volume focuses attention on the damage these parasites produce in the human heart. In most instances this tissue relationship is relatively rare or uncommon but in a few parasitoses the heart is the principal organ involved.

The volume is divided into two major sections, the protozoan and metazoan parasitoses. The former include cardiac involvement in amebiasis, balantidiasis, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas’ disease, African trypanosomiasis, malaria, toxoplasmosis and sarcosporidiosis. The latter are concerned with cardiac schistosomiases, heterophyidiasis, paragonimiasis, cysticercosis cellulosae, hydatid disease, sparganosis, trichinosis, trichuriasis (single unpublished case of Doctor W. E. Musgrave), strongyloidiasis, hookworm anemia, ascariasis and filariasis.