Professor Gerald W. Esch is one of the world's leading ecological parasitologists. Here, he presents a series of essays on classic examples of field parasitology. The essays focus on the significance of the work and its contribution to the field but also on the people and particularly the sites at which the work took place. Taken together, the essays represent a beautifully written account of the development of an entire field of scientific endeavour spanning a period of 50 years or more. The essays are not meant to be academic in a scientific sense, but there is a great deal of science in them. The book will be of great value to all parasitologists and ecologists, but also to anyone interested in how biological field work is carried out and how it contributes to greater understanding of the natural world.
Gerald W. Esch (Wake Forest University North Carolina)
Cambridge University Press
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12 February 2004
Professional and scholarly
Acknowledgments; Preface; Prologue; 1. From Elbing, Kansas to Elblag, Poland; 2. Slapton Ley, and other matters British; 3. Ecological studies in Charlie's pond: a 'stream of conciousness'; 4. Douglas Lake: early field parasitology in North America; 5. A day in the life of a field parasitology student, 'Janovy style'; 6. The Canadians; 7. The importance of field parasitology in the global assault on human parasitic disease; 8. Where are we now, and where are we going?; Index.
Gerald Esch is one of the world's leading ecological parasitologists. He is the Editor of the Journal of Parasitology and has over 30 yrs of teaching and research experience.
Reviews for Parasites, People, and Places: Essays on Field Parasitology
'... stimulating throughout, exciting in places, thought provoking, and with some fascinating insights. Recommended.' James C. Chubb, University of Liverpool, Parasitology