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February 27, 1987

Medical Parasitology

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland


by Edward K. Markell, Marietta Voge, and David T. John, ed 6; 383 pp, 228 illus, $29.95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(8):1111-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390080101046

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This is the sixth edition of this book, now well known by medical students and physicians, who use it regularly. It contains 17 chapters filling 371 pages. The first two chapters deal with generalities about parasites and their relations with their hosts, the last seven with techniques, symptoms and signs, diagnosis, serological tests, etc. The bulk of the text, eight chapters (289 pages), deals with the parasites of human importance, divided loosely into groups either by organ system (eg, lumen-dwelling protozoa) or phylogenetically (eg, the cestodes). The book is well illustrated with photographs in both black and white and color, ranging from classic clinical examples to scanning electron microscopy of some parasites. There are diagrams and tables well chosen from known articles in the literature.

The arrangement of the book by organ, tissue, or group of parasite appears at first somewhat erratic, and in some instances the relationships of the