Infectious Diarrheal Diseases. Current Concepts and Laboratory Procedures

edited by Paul D. Ellner. 192 pages, illustrated. Marcel Dekker, Inc., 270 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1984. $35 (price is 20% higher outside the U.S. and Canada)

Richard L. Guerrant Division of Geographic Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908

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This is an excellent short textbook on the subject of parasitic disease in humans. While I would give it an enthusiastic recommendation, at the same time I must admit that the recommendation is also qualified. It strikes me as having been written to fill the need for a textbook that could be used in teaching health providers about diseases caused by parasites. It is organized to fit this goal. If one wishes to find out about parasites causing dermatis, look in Chapter 10, “Local Effects of Parasitism, Skin Disease.” This sort of organization is comfortable for the medical student, both in its similarity to the way other medical texts are structured and in its ability to lead to potential diagnoses without the necessity of knowing the Latin names of parasites at the outset.

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