Parasitic Diseases

by M. Katz, D. D. Despommier, and R. W. Gwadz, 2nd Edition. xii + 301 pages, illustrated. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010. 1989

Gary Rodrick University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gainesville, Florida 32611

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The text has 301 pages with many excellent figures and life cycle illustrations. There are 5 major divisions: The Nematodes, The Cestodea, The Trematodes, The Protozoa, and The Arthropods. Major parasites from each of the 5 divisions are discussed. A short historical account is given followed by the life cycle, pathogenicity, clinical disease, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and control. Each major division also contains a concise section on parasites of minor medical importance.

There are 3 appendices: procedures suggested for use in the examination of clinical specimens for parasitic infection, tables of drugs of parasitic infectious, and laboratory diagnostic methods. The index is very complete and useful to those not familiar with parasites.

The book is easy to read in 2-column style and is attractively bound in hard cover. The photographs and drawings throughout the text are of high quality. The inclusion of the colored malaria plates is very useful.