Human Parasitology, Third Edition by Burton J. Bogitsh

By Burton J. Bogitsh

Human Parasitology emphasizes the scientific elements of the subject, whereas incorporating useful morphology, body structure, biochemistry, and immunology to reinforce appreciation of the varied implications of parasitism. Bridging the space among classical medical parasitology texts and conventional encyclopaedic treatises, Human Parasitology appeals to scholars not just within the scientific facets of Parasitology but additionally to those that require a superb origin within the biology of parasites.

*Updated and accelerated reference section
*New bankruptcy on Immunology
*Additional SEM and TEM micrographs
*Professionally drawn existence cycle illustrations
*Addition of “Host Immune reaction” part for every organism

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ECOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF PARASITISM All species interaction must occur within an ecological and evolutionary context. For example, the body of a host constitutes the environment on or in which the parasite spends some or all of its life. In addition, the physical environment in which both host and parasite exist may affect dramatically the nature and intensity of the host-parasite interaction, and the local environment will influence the likelihood and rate of parasite transmission either directly or indirectly through some parasite vector.

Such scenarios create an ideal environment for the transmission of parasitic and other diseases. Disease Control and Treatment Third World nations, including most tropical countries, invariably have limited funds in the national budgets for public health, and the research and other programs essential to improving conditions are costly. The control of snails that transmit schistosomiasis, for example, is an expensive undertaking involving vehicles, pumps and other machinery, and chemicals. Consequently, in spite of aid from such international agencies as the World Health Organization, funding for disease control is vastly inadequate.

Antibodies are glycoproteins synthesized in response to an antigen and may react, in varying degrees, to molecules of similar structure to the antigen. A parasite or any portion thereof recognized by the host as antigenic generally elicits cellular (or cell-mediated) and humoral reactions. In a cell-mediated reaction, specialized cells are mobilized to arrest and, eventually, attempt to destroy the parasite; in a humoral reaction, specialized molecules in the circulatory system interact with the parasite, seeking to immobilize or destroy it.

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