Human Parasitology

4th Edition

Authors: Clint Carter
Print ISBN: 9780124159150
eBook ISBN: 9780124159846
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th July 2012
Page Count: 448
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Human Parasitology emphasizes a medical perspective while incorporating functional morphology, physiology, biochemistry, and immunology to enhance appreciation of the diverse implications of parasitism. Bridging the gap between classical clinical parasitology texts and traditional encyclopedic treatises, Human Parasitology appeals to students interested in the medical aspects of parasitology and those who require a solid foundation in the biology of parasites. This fourth edition has been fully revised to integrate the most recent molecular discoveries about mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods as vectors, as well as the most effective therapeutic regimens.

New to this Edition:
• Features expanded coverage of the evolution of parasitism and an extensive update to immunology of parasite–host interactions
• Offers an enhanced art program featuring life cycle illustrations and additional SEM and TEM micrographs
• New "Host Immune Response" section for each organism

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Symbiosis and Parasitism


Ecological Aspects of Parasitism

Medical Implications

Evolution of Parasitism

Suggested Readings

Chapter 2. Parasite-Host Interactions

Effects of Parasites on Hosts

Biological Adaptations of Parasitism

Opportunistic Parasites

Selected Readings

Part I The Protozoa

Chapter 3. General Characteristics of the Euprotista (Protozoa)

Locomotor Organelles Flagella

Other Organelles



Selected Readings

Classification of the Protozoa

Chapter 4. Visceral Protozoa I: Rhizopods (Amoebae) and Ciliophorans


Pathogenic Free-Living Amoebae



Selected Readings

Chapter 5. Visceral Protozoa II: Flagellates

Nontrichomonad Flagellates

The Genus Trichomonas and Related Forms

Selected Readings

Chapter 6. Blood and Tissue Protozoa I: Hemoflagellates

Morphologic Forms

Genus Trypanosoma

Selected Readings

Chapter 7. Blood and Tissue Protozoa II: Human Malaria

Plasmodium and Human Malaria

Selected Readings

Chapter 8. Blood and Tissue Protozoa III: Other Protists


Toxoplasma gondii

Cryptosporidium parvum

Cyclospora cayentanensis

Isospora belli

Blastocystis hominis

Selected Readings

Part II The Trematoda

Chapter 9. General Characteristics of the Trematoda

Structure of Adult

Generalized Life Cycle Patterns

Germ Cell Cycle



Selected Readings

Classification of the Trematoda

Chapter 10. Visceral Flukes

Liver Flukes

Intestinal Flukes

Lung Flukes

Selected Readings

Chapter 11. Blood


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About the Author

Clint Carter

Dr. Carter received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in biology at Loma Linda University and his Ph.D. degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently a Professor Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He has authored more than 70 publications with a primary focus on the biochemistry and immunology of parasites. He has contributed chapters in several edited volumes such as The Biology of the Tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Parasitology. His current research interests are centered on the host-parasite interactions of the causative agent of Chagas’ disease, Trypanosoma cruzi.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.


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