Parasitic Disease and Urbanization in a Developing Community

by Enyinnaya Nnochiri, Associate Professor in Medical Parasitology and Microbiology, University of Lagos Medical School, Nigeria, with Foreword by H. M. Gilles, Senior Lecturer in Tropical Medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. ix + 204 pages, paperbound. Oxford University Press, London. 1968. $8.00

Paul C. LeGolvanAssistant Director, Pathology and Allied Sciences Service Veterans Administration, Washington, D. C. 20420

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This book is a softback of some 200-plus pages divided into three sections. In Section I, the author discusses the Urban Environment of a Developing Country from the erroneous attitude of some doctors on the subject of parasitic diseases found through a general description of the country, its people, and all the various factors that make it difficult to have an ideal community free of disease.

Section II describes the pattern of parasitic diseases to include topography, climate, incidence of parasites, and those parasitic diseases of universal prevalence such as amebiasis, malaria, hookworm, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, filariasis, etc., and those of sporadic parasitic diseases of limited distribution. He then goes into skin diseases and broadens the parasitic to microbial diseases that certainly are of considerable significance. Parasitic diseases in the rural communities and the effects on children are described. An interesting chapter is “The Fate of Acquired Resistance to Certain Parasitic Diseases in Nigerians Migrating to Urban Areas.”