Diagnosing Helminthiasis Through Coprological Examination

by D. Thienpont, F. Rochette, and O. F. J. Vanparijs. 187 pages, illustrated. Janssen Pharmaceutica, Beerse, Belgium. Available in French Dutch, Spanish, German and English. 1979. Price is BF 220, payable to Kredietbank no. 550-3157700-52

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

This book is a practical guide to methods of detecting and identifying the helminth eggs and larvae that occur commonly in the feces of man or his associated animals. All of the represented species are well illustrated, and they are clearly described in phrases that call attention to diagnostic features ranked by order of practical value. Unique features in addition to the inclusion of both medical and veterinary fields are a) the presentation of parasites by host types (sheep and cattle, horses, pigs, dogs and cats, poultry, rodents, man), b) practical keys for the identification of the helminths within each host category, and c) a table giving the classification to family or subfamily of each worm, its intermediate host (if any), final host, and normal anatomical location of the adult stage. A part that will be especially helpful to the beginner is a 25-page section on methods of collecting and examining fecal specimens and guides to the successful detection of eggs and larvae, coproculture and harvesting of larvae, and making and interpreting egg-counts.