Amebiasis: Human Infection by Entamoeba Histolytica

edited by Jonathan I. Ravdin. xxv + 838 pages, illustrated. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10158. 1988. $75.00

Thomas H. Weller 56 Winding River Road, Needham, Massachusetts 02192

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The intent is to present a “state of the art” summary of the subject of amebiasis covering all aspects of investigative work and of clinical disease. The result is a 50 chapter volume by 57 authors representing institutions in six countries. After a summary of the history of amebiasis by B. H. Kean, the material is presented in nine sections: cell biology; epidemiology; pathophysiology; host immunity; clinical disease syndromes: diagnostic profile, treatment regimens; clinical disease syndromes: special circumstances in presentation and management; diagnostic methodology; pharmacology of antiamebic drugs; and prevention and research needs. There is an editor for each section and references are grouped at the end thereof.

The result is a collection of good chapters and a few that are less than adequate. There is much repetition of content, as regards basic morphology, pathology, epidemiology, and diagnosis. While the morphologic and serologic diagnosis of amebiasis is well summarized by George Healy in two chapters, elsewhere it is handled less authoritatively.

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