Parasitic Diseases, Fourth Edition, by D. D. Despommier, R. W. Gwadz, P. J. Hotez, and C. A. Knirsch. Apple Trees Productions, LLC, New York. 2000. xii + 345 p. $59.95. Hardcover, ISBN 0-9700027-0-X.

It is frightening to consider that less than one-tenth of the students attending medical school will ever receive a lecture on eukaryotic parasites. The fourth edition of Parasitic Diseases provides a comprehensive reference that has the potential to fill this critical information gap. The book begins with a chapter on the basic biology of eukaryotic parasites that covers general strategies of infection, habitat selection, reproduction, evasion, and pathogenesis. It ends with brief chapters (new in this edition) on the medical ecology of parasites, travel medicine, and the mechanisms of antiparasitic drugs. There also are appendixes covering collecting and diagnostic methodology, as well as a diagnostic color atlas of the protozoans and helminths...

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