Parasites and Human Disease

By W. Crewe and D. R. W. Haddock. v. + 218 pages, illustrated. Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd., 41 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DQ, England. 1985. £22.50

William F. MyersDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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In the preface the authors state:

The purpose of this book is to outline important aspects of parasitic diseases, with emphasis on the biology and transmission of the parasites concerned, on laboratory and clinical diagnosis, and on therapy. Attention is also drawn to those medical conditions that are likely to affect people from the tropics arriving in temperate areas. It is hoped that the book will help medical practitioners, laboratory workers, and students to understand and diagnose parasitic infections, and assist the first group in treating patients with these infections.

The book is divided into three major sections as follows: Part I, Protozoal Infections (Intestinal Protozoa, Sporozoa, Trypanosomes, Leishmania); Part II, Helminthic Infections (Tapeworms, Flukes, Roundworms); Part III, Laboratory Diagnostic Techniques (Examination of Blood, Examination of Feces, Examination of Other Specimens, and Immunodiagnosis of Parasitic Infections).

For each organism covered, emphasis has been placed on medical aspects, such as pathology, immunity and host resistance, clinical picture, clinical diagnosis and treatment; these areas are covered particularly well.

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