Tropical Parasitology

: 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142--143

Protozoa and Human Disease

Subhash Chandra Parija, Shashiraja Padukone 
 Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

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Subhash Chandra Parija
Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry

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Parija SC, Padukone S. Protozoa and Human Disease .Trop Parasitol 2015;5:142-143

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Parija SC, Padukone S. Protozoa and Human Disease . Trop Parasitol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Feb 17 ];5:142-143
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Author: Mark F. Wiser


Publisher: Garland Science Taylor and Francis Group

Year: 2011; Pages: 218

ISBN: 9780815365006

Mark F. Wiser's book on "Protozoa and Human Disease" is a comprehensive textbook of medical protozoology. The textbook comprises of 17 chapters, discussed under the various headings to cover all the aspects related to protozoans that are implicated in human health. In view of readers benefit additional information's are highlighted in boxes and also a list of key concepts are made available at the end of each chapter.

The introductory section of the book elucidates the protozoan taxonomy, general morphology, cell biology, the nature of parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, genomics and molecular epidemiology. It also provides insight into the basic molecular techniques employed in parasitology research and diagnostics. The book consists of general chapters on intestinal protozoa, kinetoplastids, and apicomplexan, which enlightens on the fundamentals of these particular groups of organisms. At last, there is a crisp and informative chapter on the free-living protozoa, harmful algal blooms, and Dinoflagellates of human importance.

Chapters 3 and 4 encompasses up-to-date the information pertaining to the life cycle, molecular basis of pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and control aspects of lumen dwelling protozoan genus Entamoeba and Giardia. Furthermore, the author briefly summarizes about the nonpathogenic Entamoeba species which inhabits the human intestine. In subsequent chapters, the author enumerates meticulously about Trichomonas vaginalis that infects the urogenital tract and later provides a brief explanation about other trichomonads of humans. The author touches upon emerging and controversial pathogens like Blastocystis and Dientamoeba.

There is a general account of morphology, key features, and biochemical pathways of kinetoplastids. Following which a detailed description about all trypanosomes is made available. Chapter 10 contains a diligent explanation on leishmaniasis. Chapters 11-16 exclusively depicted apicomplexan parasites of humans discussed either individually or in a group. The description of the malaria parasite epidemiology, pathogenesis, and drug resistance is extensive.

This textbook is primarily intended to fulfill the needs of medical graduate students and the professionals who are all involved in teaching or research activities pertaining to medically important protozoa. Thus, this textbook is an excellent amalgamation of clinical and molecular aspects of medical parasitology, with lucid elucidation. We recommend that, this textbook is a valuable endeavor and certainly adds to the existing knowledge of the readers.

With this review, we congratulate Prof. Mark F. Wiser for his valuable contribution, and we wish him good luck for the future editions encompassing more intriguing aspects of medically important protozoans.