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Dr. Desowitz tells many wise and important things about the health problems of the Third World . . . and of our own world. Fortunately, he presents his views in the form of highly entertaining stories that reveal how the life complexities of the microbial agents of disease are more than matched by the oddities of human behavior. (Rene Dubos)

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Robert S. Desowitz, a leading epidemiologist, is the author of New Guinea Tape Worms and Jewish Grandmothers and The Malaria Capers, among other books. He lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (May 17, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393304264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393304268
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By jps00@ibm.net on July 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a quick read understandable to anyone who has taken college biology. Desowitz's presentation is primarily anecdotal this makes for quick reading, but also whets the appetite for more information. I recommend "Yellow Fever, Black Goddess : The Coevolution of People and Plagues" by Chrisopher Wills for a more in-depth and contemporary discussion of mosquito-borne parasites and the evolution of disease.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1996
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Highly readable! An engaging look into the secret world of parasites and our changing world. This will amaze and startle those who fell asleep in biology class
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Linda Oskam on July 30, 2001
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Parasitology is by a lot of scientists and doctors in the western world considered to be an outpost, an area where you are going to work if you are not too serious about your career. Moreover, all those parasites have completely outlandish names which you could mostly not remember, even if your life depended on it.
Apart from the fact that parasites are really important pathogens in developing countries, they are also coming more and more to the western world as well, with increased travel and worldwide business, so a good reason to know more about them.
The stories in the books from Mr. Desowitz show that parasites are not only an interesting study objects, but that you can write very funny stories about them as well. This is probably one of the best books to get people interested in parasites, namely wrting stories which you can remember (and tell people on birthday parties) even when you are not an accomplished parasitologist.
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This is a terrific book for anyone interested in public health or fascinated by exotic places. One totally interesting story after another... and (just in case you thought you were safe at home) not confined to places like Africa and New Guinea.... try Nantucket! The story of how horrible diseases evolved and the complexities of their transmission might not be everyone's cup of tea, but the author is humorous and wry, and makes complicated science clear and accessible. The interaction of human society and parasite survival is fascinating. My only complaint (besides that I'd love to have dinner with him and get more stories) is that the book is quite old, and I suspect there have been scientific advances in preventing and treating many of the parasitic diseases he talks about... I'd love an update.
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By Kelsey Mathis on September 5, 2013
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The book is really well written and easy for anyone to understand. I love all the topics introduced and how they all have an affect on parasites and humans. It's a really interesting read.
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