Entomological Parasitology: The Relations between Entomology and the Medical Sciences

International Series of Monographs in Pure and Applied Biology, Modern Trends in Physiological Sciences, Volume 29, by Marcel Leclercq, trans. G. Lapage. xviii + 158 pages, illustrated. Pergamon Press, Oxford. 1969. $8.00

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  • Department of Microbiology University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

There has been a need for a concise, accurate, and modern account of the many and complex interrelationships between entomology (and acarology) and medicine—a review that would help the scientists supplement their own backgrounds by providing information from another discipline which is, paradoxically, simultaneously allied and foreign. The need still exists, despite this useful and interesting effort by a man who is qualified both as a physician and entomologist, and who presents significant data and ideas that are not available in regular textbooks devoted to the ordinary, single aspect of these sciences.

After a chapter on vectors of “pathogenic agents and micro-organisms” (the title of which suggests mutual exclusion, and yet slights helminths), there is consideration of blood-sucking species; venomous arthropods; allergenic species; myiases; endoparasitic and ectoparasitic forms; arthropods noteworthy as accidental, temporary parasites; and “domestic” species.