Immunity to Parasitic Animals

Volume 1, edited by G. J. Jackson, Robert Herman, and Ira Singer. xiv + 292 pages, illustrated. Appleton-Century-Crofts Educational Division, New York, 1969

Irving G. KaganChief, Parasitology Section National Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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Volume 1 of Immunity to Parasitic Animals is unusual in that it covers aspects of the immunology of parasites seldom covered in texts on the subject. Part 1, “Evolutionary Aspects of Immunity in Zooparasitic Infections,” is a comprehensive review, admirably done by J. F. A. Sprent. Sprent believes that the immune system in vertebrates did not evolve as an adaptation to parasitism and, therefore, “its effects, in relation to zooparasites, may be fortuitous and could not be assumed to exert selective pressure on host parasite evolution.”

Part 2 is entitled “Immunity to Plant Hosts.” C. D. Blake discusses “General Mechanisms of Susceptibility, Resistance, and Immunity to Disease in Plants.” H. R. Wallace discusses “Immunity in Plants to Parasitic Nematodes.” How nematodes damage plants, the importance of mechanical damage and physiologic damage, the effect of parasitism on plant growth, and other subjects are covered.

Part 3, “Immunity of Invertebrate Hosts” comprises five excellent chapters.