Isolation and Maintenance of Parasites In Vivo

Symposia of the British Society for Parasitology, Volume 9, edited by Angela E. R. Taylor, Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, London, and R. Muller, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. vii + 158 pages, illustrated. F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. $10.50

Paul P. Weinstein University of Notre Dame College of Science, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

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This small volume continues the tradition of excellence established by the previous symposia of the British Society for Parasitology. It contains a wealth of practical information on the isolation and maintenance of a variety of parasites of importance in human and veterinary medicine. In addition, however, to the purely “how to do” material, a great amount of interesting information is presented on the biology and host-parasite relations of the organisms that are discussed. Each paper in the symposium has a specific focus, and treats it in depth. Techniques, procedures and approaches are presented only briefly in skeleton outline, with appropriate references given to furnish details to those who wish to pursue them. These reviews are primarily analytical, with attention given to the evaluation of the various procedures discussed. Problems and shortcomings are often highlighted.

The symposium was comprised of six presentations. It is obvious, therefore, that only a limited number of organisms or groups of parasites could be considered.