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Atlas of Human Protozoa (Atlas dei Protozoi Umani)

Edited by E. G. Rondelli and M. Scaglia. 556 pages. Masson S.p.A. Via Statuto 2/4, 20121 Milano, Italy. 1993. Cost: 315,000 lire (@ $198.00 USA as of February 1994)

Mark L. EberhardBiology and Diagnostics Branch F13 Division of Parasitic Diseases National Center for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE Atlanta, GA 30341-3724

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This hefty atlas, in both English and Italian, is composed of 10 chapters and over 500 photographs, both color and black and white plates. A mixture of outstanding light and electron micrographs illustrates the etiologic agent in diverse morphologic aspects by both direct microscopic observation and in histologic specimens. There are eight chapters, dealing with intestinal ameba and blastocystis, free-living ameba, intestinal and urogenital flagellates and ciliates, blood and tissue flagellates, Plasmodium and Babesia, coccidia, microsporidia, and Pneumocystis carinii. A ninth and tenth chapter detail basic diagnostic criteria and basic techniques for diagnosis, respectively.

Each chapter is divided into subsections dealing with a specific organism or closely related group of organisms. Chapters open with a world map illustrating the geographical distribution and a taxonomic summary of the agent(s). This is followed by a brief discussion of the epidemiology, life cycle, clinical/pathological features, and organ involvement.