Amebiasis in Man. Epidemiology, Therapeutics, Clinical Correlations, and Prophylaxis

compiled and edited by Carlos A. Padilla y Padilla and George M. Padilla. xii + 179 pages, illustrated. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Springfield, Illinois. 1974. $13.95

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  • Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology Division, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 29401

As a physician-researcher with a strong interest in amebiasis, I approached this 179-page monograph with great expectations. In the introduction, the editors explain that the book was created because of new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of amebiasis. They also entice the reader with a list of good “controversial and unsettled questions” which are said to be touched upon in the monograph: “Is Entamoeba histolytica a subtle, insidious, and invasive pathogen from the moment it enters the human body?” “Can amebae live for indeterminate periods of time within the tissues without causing an inflammatory reaction?” “Does a transition from such a tissue phase to a more aggressive form require an association with other pathogenic micro-organisms?” The reader finds, however, that the chapters following contain little or no information even remotely pertinent to these and the other questions raised in the introduction.

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