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Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, Fifth Edition

Editor: Lynne S. Garcia1
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Affiliations: 1: LSG & Associates, Santa Monica, California
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2007

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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, a major reference now in its fifth edition, reviews the dramatic changes that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition. Unique in the field, this revised volume covers human and medical parasitology and provides comprehensive, relevant diagnostic methods in one package.

Authored by an acknowledged expert with many years of practical experience as a medical technologist and as a member of the teaching group at UCLA, the new edition includes significantly updated material and introduces new features. A chapter covering medical case histories has been added as well as many spectacular figures. Summary tables have been augmented and appropriately updated. Newly recognized parasites are incorporated, new and improved diagnostic methods are discussed, relevant regulatory requirements are covered, and expanded sections detailing artifact material and histological diagnosis are included.

The logical organization and the format of previous editions have been retained in the fifth edition of Diagnostic Medical Parasitology. The first section of the book presents complete information on individual parasites and provides information related to life cycles, morphology, disease presentations in the immunocompetent and compromised patient, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and prevention. The second section offers clear and complete diagnostic procedures for use in the clinical microbiology laboratory, describing traditional and rapid techniques used for parasite detection and identification.

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At A Glance

Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, a major reference now in its fifth edition, reviews the dramatic changes that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition. Unique in the field, this revised volume covers human medical parasitology and provides comprehensive, relevant diagnostic methods in one package.

Authored by an acknowledged expert with many years of practical experience as a medical technologist and as a member of the teaching group at UCLA, the new edition includes significantly updated material and introduces new features. A chapter covering medical case histories has been added as well as many spectacular figures. Summary tables have been augmented and appropriately updated. Newly recognized parasites are incorporated, new and improved diagnostic methods are discussed, relevant regulatory requirements are covered, and expanded sections detailing artifact material and histological diagnosis are included.

The logical organization and the format of previous editions have been retained in the fifth edition of Diagnostic Medical Parasitology. The first section of the book presents complete information on individual parasites and provides information related to life cycles, morphology, disease presentations in the immunocompetent and compromised patient, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and prevention. The second section offers clear and complete diagnostic procedures for use in the clinical microbiology laboratory, describing traditional and rapid techniques used for parasite detection and identification.

Key Features

*Provides in one volume both extensive information about human parasitology and comprehensive diagnostic methods
*Includes a review of over 3,000 papers published since the release of the previous edition and “late-breaking” information from current publications
*Offers a brand-new section containing medical case histories
*Features a greatly expanded section covering histological diagnosis
*Presents rich new figures and summary tables

Description

The past four editions of this book have long been known as the standard reference for the clinical laboratory diagnosis of parasitology. This fifth edition continues that tradition with excellent updated information for clinical laboratories.

Purpose

According to the author, the purpose of this latest edition is to provide a "clear, concise, well organized, clinically relevant, cost effective, and practical quality procedures for use in the clinical laboratory setting." This book has definitely accomplished that goal.

Audience

It is written by the world's foremost authority on diagnostic parasitology. Lynne Garcia's books have been used for at least 20 years as the authority in this area. I have no reservation in recommending this newest edition to all laboratory personnel involved in testing patient specimens for parasitology pathogens. This would include individuals in public health and in clinical laboratories. This is also a very good textbook for teaching both medical technologists and residents in pathology.

Features

This is a huge collection of detailed information on human parasites. The first part is organized in a traditional fashion by types of infections. It also includes information on nosocomial and laboratory acquired infections. An interesting chapter is on the immune response that humans usually produce in response to parasite infections. Each chapter has a boxed area that gives a quick review of key points regarding the laboratory identification methods that are most appropriate. The second part of the book contains details on diagnostic procedures and has a chapter that presents 15 cases on parasitic infections and the procedures used to detect the parasite. A very large appendix, that would be valuable as a separate book, includes color plates of human parasites, worksheets and documents for regulatory compliance, problems that are common in the identification of parasites in human specimens, and, finally, something I have not seen before -- "late-breaking" published information that includes an abstract foreach article.

Assessment

This is a key contribution to the laboratory diagnosis of parasites. It should be required for all diagnostic laboratories even if they do not perform parasite exams. This would enable them to make recommendations on the collection of appropriate specimens. There have been many changes in the last few years regarding the detection of parasites using new technology to new regulatory requirements as well as the discovery of parasitic diseases that were unrecognized previously. This new edition will be a very useful and valuable resource.

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Reviewer: Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Review Date: Unknown

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