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In contrast to numerous texts and reference books on human and veterinary parasitology, only three English language publications on comparative parasitology and parasitism have appeared in recent years, viz., Pearse (1942), Baer (1941) and Lapage (1951). It is therefore a matter of considerable interest to have a new contribution to this latter field written by one who is eminently capable of viewing the subject in its wide perspective. The volume is dedicated to Sir Patrick Manson, father of Tropical Medicine, and to Professor Robert Thomson Leiper, dean of British helminthologists.
Following a brief “Introduction” in which it is emphasized that parasites, like all other forms of life, in general carry out the physiologic processes common to all, the author develops his thesis by considering first “The Parasites” then “The Host and its Reactions”.“The Parasites”are presented under three main categories, (1) The Protista,including Bacteria, Fungi, Spirochaeta, Protozoa, Viruses and Rickettsiae, (2) The Lower Metazoa, consisting of Coelenterata and The Helminths (Platyhelminths, Nematoda and Nematomorpha) and the Higher Metazoa, viz., Annelida, Arthropoda, Mollusca and Vertebrata.