A Guide to Human Parasitology for Medical Practitioners

by D. B. Blacklock, C.M.G., M.D. (Edin.); D.P.H. (London); D.T.M. (Liver.) and T. Southwell, D.Sc., Ph.D., A.R.C.Sc., F.Z.S., F.R.S.E.; revised by T. H. Davey, O.B.E., M.D. (Belf.); D.T.M. (Liver.). 5th edition. 228 pp., 3 plates in color and 120 text illustrations. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Co., 1953. Price $5.50

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From its first appearance in 1931, this book has been intended primarily for the practitioner who has at his disposal only ordinary laboratory facilities for making a diagnosis in diseases caused by animal parasites. It is pleasant to note from the copyright page that previous editions have been reprinted seven times; a truly excellent testimony of its past cordial reception. Although somewhat smaller than the previous edition, discussion of some protozoa and helminths previously omitted or briefly mentioned are now included or considered in greater detail. It is unfortunate, however, that some increasingly important parasitic infections and diseases, such as swimmer's itch and toxoplasmosis, are not included in the subject matter, whereas valuable space is given over to such rare helminth infections in man as fascioliasis, and, Chapter V, a total of 12 pages, is devoted to the spirochetes.