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December 19, 1953

A Guide to Human Parasitology for Medical Practitioners

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By D. B. Blacklock, C.M.G., M.D., D.P.H., Director of Sir Alfred Lewis Jones Laboratory, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, and T. Southwell, D.Sc., Ph.D., A.R.C.Sc., Director of Fisheries to Governments of Bengal, and Bihar and Orissa. Revised by T. H. Davey, O. B. E., M.D., D.T.M., Professor of Tropical Hygiene, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool. Fifth edition. Cloth. $5.50. Pp. 228, with 123 illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1493. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330077030

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Although it is partly implicit in the title, it should be stated that this book cannot be considered on a par with currently available comprehensive textbooks on the subject. It is intended primarily to serve as a physicians' manual for laboratory identification of human parasites. The new edition includes short comments on prevention applicable to each parasite but does not provide information on treatment. The material is presented under the names of the parasites, which are grouped into chapters in accordance with classical zoological subdivisions. A chapter on spirochetes may be questioned as properly belonging within the scope of animal parasitology, and the authors indicate that they should not be classified with protozoa. On the other hand, the book omits certain parasitic diseases frequently included in more extensive works on parasitology. The anatomic diagrams of parasites are clear and resemble drawings found in standard books on zoology. The magnification or

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