Medical Parasitology

by J. Walter Beck, Department of Pathology, University of Miami School of Medicine, and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. viii + 210 pages, illustrated. The C. V. Mosby Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1971. $10.75

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  • University of California San Francisco Medical Center G. W. Hooper Foundation, San Francisco, California 94122

Beck and Barrett-Connor's Medical Parasitology is a new work on an old theme, following a format now fairly standard in these smaller texts aimed specifically at the medical student. Within that context, it is well done. The text is appropriate, organized into brief paragraphs covering geographic distribution, life cycle and morphology, epidemiology, symptomatology and pathology, diagnosis, and treatment, followed by review questions and references. An attractive feature is the wash drawings of B. S. Anderson, Jr., skillfully and artistically executed, especially the full-page life cycle drawings, which emphasize regional and epidemiological background. Artistic license with relative size of organs and parasites is often stretched considerably, but the effect is dramatic and teaching value good. Photographic reproduction in some instances is not up to this standard. Use of Zaiman's widely-distributed koda-chromes, excellent in the original, is questionable. The black and white renditions in the book suffer by contrast, especially if the student has seen the originals.