A History of Parasitology

by W. D. Foster, M.D. Cantab., M.C. Path., Makerere University College. vii + 202 pages, illustrated. E. & S. Livingstone Ltd., Edinburgh and London. 1965. $8.25

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

On first reading, this short volume appeared to fall considerably short of the aims of the author, but on re-examination it proved to contain a considerable amount of useful information relative to the subject of parasitology. From a historical point of view the author has leaned heavily on the authoritative volume by R. Hoeppli (1959). The topics chosen for presentation include most, but not all, of the important ones that have engaged the attention of workers in the field of medical parasitology over the years. The author has indicated that he is not primarily a parasitologist but rather a microbiologist whose interest lies partway in the field of parasitology.

It is obvious on careful study of the material that Dr. Foster is not entirely acquainted with the subject, yet considerable credit must be extended to him for having undertaken the objective of a history of parasitology, when there is no comparable volume in the Western medical literature.