A Guide to Human Parasitology

By D. B. Blacklock and T. Southwell. H. K. Lewis and Company, Ltd., London, 1931

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The aim of this book as stated by the authors is “to lay emphasis only on the pathogenic organisms, and to restrict our descriptions of those characters in them which are of immediate diagnostic value.” The book is written “for the practitioner who, from time to time, will certainly require to make a diagnosis in diseases caused by animal parasites; it is also intended for those who are taking courses of instruction for the Diplomas of Tropical Medicine, Tropical Hygiene and Public Health.”

There are 260 pages divided as follows: general considerations, 30; spirochaetes, 12; protozoa, 50; helminths, 134; myiasis, 6; tables, 28.

For the most part, the aim of the authors (in so far as such an aim is possible) has been carried out in a successful manner.

One is particularly impressed with the essentially practical nature of the book. It is written in an entertaining manner and the simplicity of method, in presenting the data for diagnosis, is especially commendable.