by C. J. Hackett, M.D., F.R.C.P., lately Director Wellcome Museum of Medical Science, London, with the cooperation of Professor J. J. C. Buckley, D.Sc., Dept. of Parasitology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Mcdicine; and the late Professor F. Murgatroyd, M.D., F.R.C.P., Dept. of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 330 pages illustrated. London, England: Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1954. Price 18/6 net
This handbook of small octavo size has been prepared for physicians in the tropics needing brief authoritative information on basic and applied aspects of helminthic diseases. It is an outgrowth of requests for published material similar to that accompanying helminthic exhibits in the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science, London. The authors are eminently qualified for the task which they undertook.
The first section provides orientation on the helminths of man as a group, including definition, historical, etiologic, morphologic, life cycle, epidemiologic and pathologic aspects of the Trematoda, Cestoda and Nematoda. This is followed by a consideration of the clinical manifestations of the helminthiases, their diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention.
Individual species of trematodes, cestodes and nematodes of medical importance are then taken up in orderly sequence, with especial attention to their geographical distribution, intermediate hosts (when these are required), recognition features of the agent and of the disease produced, treatment and prognosis.