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Parasites of Homo sapiens

An Annotated Checklist of the Protozoa, Helminths and Arthropods for which we are Home

Richard Ashford (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK) William Crewe (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)



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CRC Press
23 January 2003
Homo sapiens rank among the most parasitized of all animals. In part this is because we know so much about all aspects of the biology of our species, but in addition, our varied habitat and diet and our global distribution exposes us to more infections than any other species. Whereas some familiar parasitic infections are responsible for much human disease and suffering, the great majority are rare or obscure forms ignored by all but the most comprehensive texts. The Parasites of Homo sapiens: An Annotated checklist of the Protozoa, Helminths and Arthropods for Which We Are Home, 2nd Edition presents a comprehensive listing of them all. Closely following the pattern of the first edition, this new edition incorporates a wealth of further information and data from the most recently published research findings. An indispensable guide for all parasitologists, it presents a comprehensive checklist of all animals naturally parasitic in or on the human body. Each parasite listed includes a complete summary of its characteristics. The structure of each entry includes: The scientific name of the parasite Synonyms for scientific names Status of reported human cases Geographical distribution and abundance Parasite habitat on humans Hosts Transmission mechanisms Human risk factors Indication of host-specificity status
By:   Richard Ashford (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool UK), William Crewe (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)
Imprint:   CRC Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780415276887
ISBN 10:   0415276888
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   23 January 2003
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Protozoa Trematoda Cestoda Nematoda Acanthocepala Arthropoda Exclusions Summary References

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At a time when many in the world are anxious to learn more about Islam, to understand what it is that drives the likes of Osama bin Laden and his followers to commit their terrible atrocities in the name of jihad, this slim volume by one of the West's foremost historians of Islam is a welcome, indeed necessary, addition to the wealth of books on this and related issues which have been spawned by the events of September 11 2001. Islam in both its senses - religion and civilization - dates back over 14 centuries to the advent of the Prophet Muhammad. Today more than ever, though, religion remains, in most Islamic countries, a major political force; Lewis argues that it is not only a matter of faith and practice, but also 'an identity and a loyalty'. This perhaps goes some way to explain why a small minority of Muslims will go to such extreme lengths to rid the world of the forces of evil embodied by the United States of America and Zionism. Having considered the ideological background, Lewis goes on to consider the way forward - how so-called Islamic fundamentalists are likely to prosecute their cause in the future and how the West can best deal with a terrorist threat which can only be fuelled by the poverty and tyranny which affects most of the Muslim world and an exploding population of 'unemployed, uneducated and frustrated young men'. Lewis states that 'in devising means to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them'; this book is a useful aid to that understanding. (Kirkus UK)

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