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July 3, 1948

Manual of Medical Parasitology with Techniques for Laboratory Diagnosis and Notes on Related Animal Parasites

JAMA. 1948;137(10):916. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890440092034

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This text has been prepared as a laboratory and reference guide for use by medical and nonmedical students taking an intensive course in parasitology. Numerous references are cited. and many well selected tables and illustrations have been reproduced from other publications. The latter in many instances have suffered from the photo-offset technic and lithographic reproduction which together with reduction in size render them difficult to interpret.

The biologic and morphologic material is well presented and the notes on parasites of animals are useful. Similarly the section on laboratory technics is a useful compilation. Unfortunately, the text is not free from misinformation; for example, the statements that Schistosoma mansoni is found in Central America and Loa loa in the West Indies. The brief reference to DDT (4,4'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is inaccurate and inadequate. The volume is weakened by lack of competent medical editing.