Parasitology: The Biology of Animal Parasites

3rd Ed., by Elmer R. Noble, Department of Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Glenn A. Noble, Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo. vii + 617 pages, illustrated. Lea and Febiger, 600 Washington Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. 1971. $15.50

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  • Department of Parasitology School of Public Health University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

Dr. K. C. Kates, in a review of the second edition of this textbook, stated that “there has long been a need for a reasonably comprehensive, up-to-date textbook covering the field of animal parasitology largely from the zoological point of view, rather than with primary emphasis upon the medical and/or veterinary aspects of the subject, although some discussion of applied parasitology is desirable in such a book” (J. Parasitol., 51: 127–128, 1965). Even though others have been attempting to meet this need since 1964, this reviewer believes that the Noble brothers' textbook is still the best one available.

The second edition consisted of 24 chapters, 18 of which were devoted to a systematic account of the taxonomy, morphology, and biology of animal parasites. In the new edition, there are 25 chapters divided into 10 sections. Sectional titles are: Introduction (I), Phylum Protozoa (II), Phylum Platyhelminthes (III), Phylum Acanthocephala (IV), Phylum Nematoda (V), Phylum Arthropoda (VI), Miscellaneous Phyla (VII), Parasite-Host Responses (VIII), Ecology of Parasites (IX), and Evolution of Parasitism (X).