Cases in Human Parasitology

Author: Judith S. Heelan1
Affiliations: 1: Microbiology Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island; 2: Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Content Type: Textbook
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2004

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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focuses solely on parasites that adversely affect humans. Intended as a supplement to textbooks in human parasitology for undergraduate and medical school courses, this book of 62 case studies is also an important educational reference source for health care scientists active in the field of parasitology.

The first four sections cover different groups of parasites, including intestinal protozoa; blood and tissue protozoa; cestodes, trematodes, and intestinal nematodes; and blood and tissue nematodes. The last section covers challenging cases and details non-parasitic infections in patients with symptoms closely resembling those of parasitic infections.

Each case study opens with a patient history and description of symptoms, and most are accompanied by a color image of the parasite described. Thought-provoking questions are posed, covering everything from diagnosis and the life cycle of the identified parasite to epidemiology and prevention. The questions stimulate discussion while emphasizing the relationship of diagnosis to patient care. Cases present new, emerging, and well-known parasites, and parasites infrequently encountered in the United States are included. The book concludes with a glossary of descriptive terms.

is an excellent reinforcement of material learned in a clinical or laboratory setting. It will be useful for pathology residents and infectious disease fellows in preparing for board exams and it will serve in continuing the education of medical technologists involved in diagnostic parasitology.

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