Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, Volume 77: Chemotherapy of Gastrointestinal Helminths

edited by H. Vanden Bossche, D. Thienpont, and P. G. Janssens. xx + 719 pages, illustrated. Springer-Verlag, New York, Inc., 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010. 1985. $198.00.

Kenneth S. Todd Jr. College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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The book contains 15 chapters by 14 authors. The first chapter, an introduction, is followed by one on epidemiology and control of gastrointestinal helminths in human populations and the third chapter is on domestic animals. The pharmacology of anthelmintics is covered in the next chapter. The following six chapters discuss chemotherapy of gastrointestinal nematodiasis in humans, ruminants, equids, pigs, carnivores, and birds. The remainder of the chapters on chemotherapy include trematodes and cestodes of humans and “animals.” The final chapter is on mass treatment of human populations. Each chapter contains an adequate review of the literature, and some reference sections are massive. The reference section for Chemotherapy of Gastrointestinal Nematodiasis in Man, for instance, contains 951 references. A list of international non-proprietary, United States-adopted and trade names of some anthelmintics constitutes the remainder of the book.

The chapter Pharmacology of Anthelmintics is especially useful.

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