"Professor Matthews is very successful in achieving his stated aims. The book does provide the reader with the basic concepts needed for further in-depth study of parasitology. Technical terms are bold in the text, and are defined in a excellent glossary at the end...This excellent introductory textbook is suitable for parasitology courses in biology, zoology, and human and veterinary medicine. For students who might be interested in medical parasitology, this book provides and excellent introduction to principles, concepts, and terminology of this subject." Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
"The real value of the text is its integrated, comparative approach to problems encountered by all parasites. It offers an effective and interesting alternative format to the systematic march through phyla that has been the mainstay of parasitology courses...The text is short, reads well, and includes understandable diagrams, clear illustrations, and relevant examples..." Proscience
"The reading of this book becomes fascinating, since throughout the pages one discovers all of the variety, complexity, and great adaptability of the parasitic world. It reads like a novel and presents a certain interest for the inexperienced, as well as the field specialist. The author provides the reader with the basic terms and general principles of parasitology that are mandatory for the consultation of more specialized reference books...easy to read and tinted with a touch of humor. To sum up, this book shows an original presentation and is very accessible." The Canadian Veterinary Journal
Parasites of animals are medically and economically important as well as biologically interesting. All undergraduate biologists study parasites at some stage, but much of the biology is obscured by the need to learn the complex facts on each parasite's specialized life cycle. This new textbook offers an affordable overview of the essential principles in a clearly written and highly illustrated format. The parasitic way of life is described by working through the life stages of a parasite rather than looking at each type of parasite.