Scorpions of Medical Importance

by Hugh L. Keegan. ix + 140 pages, illustrated. University Press of Mississippi, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39211. 1980. $22.50

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Scorpions of Medical Importance describes the distribution, morphology, feeding and mating habits, reproduction, and classification of the species of scorpions that are considered to be of public health importance in all major regions of the world. The main sources of information were the collections of specimens and notes acquired personally by the author in a world-wide field experience and in his laboratory studies on the venom glands and the venoms and antivenoms of various species. Much of the information on geographic distribution and relative abundance came through personal communications. It is apparent that no significant published report on any aspect of scorpion biology, taxonomy, stings, venoms and antivenoms or control was overlooked, particularly during the period from 1961, when scorpions became the author's major professional interest, to 1978.

The book was written as a general reference more for workers in environmental health and public health than for professional entomologists or arachnologists.