Introduction to Parasitology

Asa C. Chandler. 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. In 716 pages with 309 figures the author accurately presents the three branches of parasitology, namely; protozoology, helminthology, and entomology and the spirochetes

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In 716 pages with 309 figures the author accurately presents the three branches of parasitology, namely; protozoology, helminthology, and entomology and the spirochetes.

The author has a very smooth and attractive language, which retains the interest of the reader. The life cycles and morphology of the parasites and the epidemiology and prevention of the diseases caused by them are discussed with great accuracy, but for the clinical phases of the diseases the reader should consult text books on clinical medicine.

Rat-bite fever should not be included with the spirochetal infections because Spirillum minus is a bacterium and not a spirochete. According to the author the organism shows affinities with the spirochetes in being non-culturable, in the type of disease it causes, and its susceptibility to treatment with arsphenamine. The facts are that the organism can be cultured, the disease may resemble bacterial or protozoal infections and that other diseases respond to arsenic.

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