Human Parasitology

Human Parasitology

4th Edition - July 6, 2012

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  • Authors: Burton Bogitsh, Clint Carter, Thomas Oeltmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124159846

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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

Key Features

  • Presents various parasites and examines how they interact with their hosts and respond to new treatments
  • Easy to read with photographs, diagrams, and clinical case pictures throughout


Premedical, medical technology, and undergraduate microbiology students as well as researchers and professionals in related disciplines

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    1. Symbiosis and Parasitism
    Ecological Aspects of Parasitism
    Medical Implications
    Evolution of Parasitism
    Suggested Readings

    2. Parasite-Host Interactions
    Effects of Parasites on Hosts
    Biological Adaptations of Parasitism
    Opportunistic Parasites
    Selected Readings

    Part I The Protozoa
    3. General Characteristics of the Euprotista (Protozoa)
    Locomotor Organelles Flagella
    Other Organelles
    Selected Readings
    Classification of the Protozoa

    4. Visceral Protozoa I: Rhizopods (Amoebae) and Ciliophorans
    Pathogenic Free-Living Amoebae
    Selected Readings 

    5. Visceral Protozoa II: Flagellates
    Nontrichomonad Flagellates
    The Genus Trichomonas and Related Forms
    Selected Readings

    6. Blood and Tissue Protozoa I: Hemoflagellates
    Morphologic Forms
    Genus Trypanosoma
    Selected Readings

    7. Blood and Tissue Protozoa II: Human Malaria
    Plasmodium and Human Malaria
    Selected Readings

    8. Blood and Tissue Protozoa III: Other Protists
    Toxoplasma gondii
    Cryptosporidium parvum
    Cyclospora cayentanensis
    Isospora belli
    Blastocystis hominis
    Selected Readings

    Part II The Trematoda 
    9. General Characteristics of the Trematoda
    Structure of Adult
    Generalized Life Cycle Patterns
    Germ Cell Cycle
    Selected Readings
    Classification of the Trematoda

    10. Visceral Flukes
    Liver Flukes
    Intestinal Flukes
    Lung Flukes
    Selected Readings

    11. Blood Flukes
    Symptomatology and Diagnosis
    Host Immune Response
    Other Schistosomes
    Swimmer’s Itch
    Selected Readings

    Part III The Cestoda
    12. General Characteristics of the Cestoda
    Life Cycle Patterns
    Host Immune Response
    Selected Readings
    Classification of the Cestoda

    13. Intestinal Tapeworms
    Diphyllobothrium Latum
    Taenia Solium
    Taenia Saginata
    Hymenolepis Nana
    Hymenolepis Diminuta
    Dipylidium Caninum
    Selected Readings

    14. Extraintestinal Tapeworms
    Human Sparganosis
    Human Cysticercosis
    Human Hydatidosis
    Selected Readings

    Part IV The Nematoda
    15. General Characteristics of the Nematoda
    Structure of the Adult
    Selected Readings
    Classification of the Nematoda

    16. Intestinal Nematodes
    The Adenophorea
    The Secernentea
    Human Hookworm Disease
    Selected Readings 

    17.  Blood and Tissue Nematodes
    Life Cycle
    Filarial Worms
    The Guinea Worm
    Selected Readings

    Part V Arthropoda
    18. Arthropods as Vectors
    Significance of Arthropods as Vectors
    General Structural Features
    The Dipterans
    Other Insects
    The Acarines
    Selected Readings
    Classification of the Arthropoda

    APPENDIX A. Drugs for Parasitic Infections: Partial List of Generic and Brand Names
    APPENDIX B. Current Chemotherapeutic Regimens
    APPENDIX C. Adverse Effects of Antiparasitic Drugs

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: July 6, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124159846

About the Authors

Burton Bogitsh

Burton J. Bogitsh received his undergraduate education in biology at New York University (University Heights) and his graduate education at Baylor University (M.A.) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.). He is currently Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He has authored more than 100 publications in the area of parasitology and has co-authored a textbook in General Zoology. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Morphology, co-editor of Volume 2 of the Microscopical Anatomy of Invertebrates, and has contributed many chapters to numerous edited volumes on parasitology. His research interests are in the ultrastructural localization of enzymes in helminths with a primary focus on the digestive tracts of trematodes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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 Professor Emeritus 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

Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Thomas Oeltmann

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, USA

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  • Darryl M. Mon Sep 27 2021

    Human Parasitology

    The bible for human parasitology & updated