Key Features

  • Ten-page insert with full color plates of various parasites, eggs, and life cycles provides students with real-life examples of how parasites and their associated material appear in order to facilitate their identification in the laboratory.
  • Summary Tables appear at the ends of the parasite/disease chapters to summarize the main features of the chapter and to present the salient information from the chapter to allow students better comprehension of the material.
  • Life cycle drawings show progression of parasites from infancy to adult so students can recognize parasites at each stage of life.
  • Disease distribution maps depict the global distribution of key parasites to help students see the global impact that various parasites have.
  • The text explores arthropods both as parasites in their own right and as vectors or intermediate hosts for other parasites so students can understand the direct and indirect impact that they have on health.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Parasites, Parasitism, and Host Relations

3. Lumen-Dwelling Protozoa

4. Malaria

5. Other Blood- and Tissue-Dwelling Protozoa

6. The Trematodes

7. The Cestodes

8. The Intestinal Nematodes

9. The Blood- and Tissue-Dwelling Nematodes

10. Arthropods and Human Disease

11. Parasitic Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts

12. Signs and Symptoms of Parasitic Disease

13. Pseudoparasites and Pitfalls

14. Examination of Stool Specimens

15. Examination of Blood, Other Body Fluids and Tissues, Sputum, and Urine

16. Immunodiagnostic Techniques


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About the authors

David John

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Microbiology/Parasitology, Associate Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

William Petri

Affiliations and Expertise

Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Pathology, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA 1