The Biology of Animal Parasites

by Thomas C. Cheng, Ph.D., Parasitologist, Northeast Shellfish Sanitation Research Center, Public Health Service, U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Narragansett, Rhode Island, and Adjunct Professor of Zoology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, x + 727 pages, illustrated. W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia and London. 1964. $13.50

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  • Department of Biological Sciences University of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida

The author states that he has written this book in response to a need which he and others have felt for a general introductory parasitology textbook that is suitable for courses taught in liberal arts colleges. The volume is intended to serve as an introductory text and guide, not as a definitive reference book. Dr. Cheng has attempted to emphasize the “basic biology” of parasites, while omitting lengthy discussions concerning clinical aspects, epidemiology, and field eradication programs.

The book is divided into seven parts with 33 chapters. The introductory chapter deals with terminology and general considerations concerning host-parasite relations, and ecology and evolution of parasites. Chapter 2 is an interesting history of parasitology. The author then treats, in order, parasitic representatives of: Protozoa, Mesozoa, Platyhelminthes, Acanthocephala, Aschelminthes, and Arthropoda. The final section is concerned with a few representatives of the Coelenterata, Ctenophora, Rhynchocoela, Annelida, Mollusca, and Vertebrata.