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January 9, 1943

Medical Parasitology

JAMA. 1943;121(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020068032

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This book consists of two parts, general considerations and infections caused by animal parasites. The first contains chapters on infection, epidemiology, natural resistance and acquired immunity, diagnosis, specific therapy and prophylaxis. Part II deals with the thirteen zoological groups of animal parasites. It is an uncritical compilation of data without citation of sources. Thus it is stated that "most adults are probably relatively resistant to Endameba histolytica. Among those who contract the infection, few manifest severe symptoms." This may be true at the time of detection in carriers or chronic cases but did not apply in the Chicago outbreak. The statement that the iron alum-hematoxylin technic for detection of amebic cysts in stools is not often resorted to because of its difficulty is to be deplored, since it alone suffices to protect the patient from inadequate and all too often false diagnosis. The plates are based on photographs and contain

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