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An Introduction to Parasitology (Studies in Biology) Hardcover – May 28, 1998

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  • Series: Studies in Biology
  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521571707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521571708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,166,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Book Description

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 33 Voltaire on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent in that it makes a very complicated subject understandable for students.
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful By nickunt on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
One would have thought Mr. Matthews to have been the very last person to bring out a book on parasitology. The timing of this release, so close to Christmas, beggars belief. I for one will never buy any of his Turkey Nuggets again, if, as this book would have us believe, they are ridden with Ascarida galli and Capillaria amulata. That Crispy Golden Brown Breadcrumb coating you're chomping down on might not be what you expect. My advice would be not to buy this book but get some Pripsen in instead.
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