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Book and Media Reviews
February 27, 2008

Diagnostic Medical Parasitology

JAMA. 2008;299(8):963-964. doi:10.1001/jama.299.8.963

Diagnostic Medical Parasitology is updated this year with the fifth edition. It includes sections on clinically important human parasites and diagnostic procedures. These sections include chapters on the individual parasites, common diagnostic approaches, patient case histories (useful for teaching in the “problem-oriented” format), artifacts, and equipment. In addition, the text features appendices on the classification, distribution, key characteristics, and diagnostic approaches to human parasites, as well as flowcharts and staining tables of diagnostic procedures, troubleshooting, quality control, and commercial supplies and suppliers. Altogether there are 1200 pages of full-sized text incorporated into 36 chapters. There are 12 plates of color figures that include trichrome-stained enteric protozoa, nematodes, and helminthes, as well as Giemsa-stained blood smears of malaria, babesia, trypanosomes, and filaria. There is also an appendix of recent information published in 2006.