July 1983

Basic Clinical Parasitology

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ 85724


ed 5, by Harold W. Brown and Franklin A. Neva, 339 pp, 137 illus, $27.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(7):704. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140330086026

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The fifth edition of this text on clinical parasitology has been printed some eight years after the fourth edition. The authorship has expanded, now including Dr Franklin A. Neva, chief of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and head of the Section of Clinical Parasitology at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

This book presents an excellent and informative basic approach to an understanding of parasitic diseases. After a general brief overview of parasitology, the book details the four large groups of parasites: (1) Protozoa, (2) Nemathelminthes (roundworms), (3) Cestoda (tapeworms), and (4) Trematoda (flukes). Each of these four sections are divided into three parts: (1) a brief introduction, (2) parasites of the intestinal tract, and (3) extraintestinal parasites. This is followed by a section on Arthropoda, and the final section deals with technical diagnostic methods and a brief overview of treatment admonitions.

The basic format of the text is