Pathology and Clinical Features of Parasitic Diseases

by Tsieh Sun, M.D. 342 pages, illustrated. Masson Publishing USA, Inc., 1 Ames Court, Plainview, L.I., NY 11803. 1982. $59.50

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  • Department of Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66103
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This textbook describes infections due to protozoa (16 chapters), nematodes (23), trematodes (7), and cestodes (6 chapters). Descriptions are systematic, emphasizing parasitology, clinical features, pathology and the principles of laboratory diagnosis. Illustrations include histologic sections, electron micrographs and life cycle diagrams. The tables are practically arranged. The morphologic criteria for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites and drugs used for parasitic infections are treated separately in appendices.

The text would appear to be written for medical students and diagnostic pathologists who will find the carefully organized material easy to read and who will be at home with pathologic rather than clinical illustrations. The editing, especially of introductory chapters, is lax with numerous spelling and grammatical errors, some of which are funny, such as “formats” for “fomites.” Literature citations include 1980 references; articles from textbooks and journals are listed.Most of the illustrations show what is intended; however, Naegleria and Acanthamoeba would be more easily compared if illustrations were the same magnification.