Cisticercosis Humana y Porcina

edited by A. Flisser and F. Malagon. 266 pages. Spanish. Editorial LIMUSA, S. A. de C. V., Baldera 95, Primer piso, 06040 mexico, D.F. 1989. In U.S., Scott Foresman/LIMUSA, International Division, 1900 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, Illinois 60025. $13.75

Peter M. SchantzParasitic Diseases Branch Center for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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Taeniasis/cysticercosis due to Taenia solium is widely zooendemic in developing countries. It is best known in Mexico, where the parasite and the disease it causes have long been the subject of extensive research. The work of Mexican scientists, especially in the fields of pathology, diagnosis, and treatment, has been published widely in the national and international medical literature. The first attempt to summarize the current state of knowledge in these fields was a volume published in 1982 (Flisser A, Wilms K, Laclette JP, Larralde C, Ridaura C, Beltran R, eds. Cysticercosis: Present State of Knowledge and Perspectives. New York: Academic Press, 700 pp). The present volume, which represents the contributed papers of the first Mexican national cysticercosis meeting, updates that information through 1986.

The preface highlights the development of knowledge of the disease and its causative agent over the past 30 years in Mexico, from the purely descriptive and clinical to the current state in which experimental and clinical activities cover a very broad span of basic and applied studies.