Medical Parasitology

By James T. Culbertson. Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Pp. i–xii, 1–285, with 21 plates, 16 figures, and 7 tables. Columbia University Press, New York, 1942

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The author is well known for his researches in protozoology and helminthology. The book is sound but Dr. Culbertson has not achieved the purpose expressed on page vi, “to supply a small book useful chiefly to medical students and medical practitioners.” Medical students and medical practitioners want different things. Students like basic data classified, tabulated and illustrated for easy memorization. Practicing physicians require directions on symptom diagnosis, descriptions of physical signs of differential diagnostic value, and precise instruction in treatment. Dr. Culbertson has provided a series of broad well-organized lectures but the reader is left dependent on other sources for details. It is impossible within the limits of 285 pages adequately to present the elements of protozoology, helminthology and entomology to say nothing of the clinical implications of these three sciences. Dr. Culbertson is well informed and he has been conscientious in his task but the scope of the subject is so large and his goals so divergent that he has not had a fair opportunity to attain them within the space allowed.