Hookworm Infection

By Clayton Lane, M.D., Lt.-Col. Indian Medical Service (Ret'd.). Pp. 1–319. 36 text-figures. Oxford University Press, London, 1932

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In a foreword to this important volume Professor Ch. W. Stiles remarks that “when Colonel Lane speaks or writes on hookworm disease we all listen and read with marked attention, profound respect, careful analysis, and expectant benefit.” The book may be said to represent both the practical experiences and the philosophical viewpoint of a physician who has had intimate and long contact with the clinical and theoretical aspects of hookworm infection. It is divided into ten chapters comprising the following groups of data: Chapter I, The Adult Hookworms of Man; Chapter II, The Extra-corporeal Life of Hookworms; Chapter III, Infection of Man; Chapter IV, Pathology; Chapter V, Direct Diagnosis; Chapter VI, Clinical Symptoms and Other Ill Effects; Chapter VII, Immunity; Chapter VIII, Treatment; Chapter IX, Prevention, and Chapter X, The Hookworm Campaign.

In the first chapter only sufficient morphological details of the three human hookworms, Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale and A. braziliense, are included to furnish an intelligent conception of the differences among these species.