The author traveled to Africa to see firsthand the effects of sleeping sickness and river blindness. He learned from physicians and researchers that the parasites that wreak so much havoc are much more than the simple degenerates we've taken them for. Their complex adaptations to their environments--us--are as lovely and awe-inspiring as any eye or wing. The examples of hormonal and other behavioral control of hosts, causing changes in feeding habits and other life essentials, are chilling when personalized. Zimmer knows his subject well, and his writing, while robust and affecting, never descends to the all-too-easy gross-out. You wouldn't expect to find respect for a tapeworm, but Parasite Rex will show you how beautiful Earth's truly dominant life forms are. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating! I would, however, like to see the psychological profile of the researcher..Published 19 days ago by Art Votek
If you are looking for a fun, easy-to-read introduction to the world of parasites, this maybe a good choice. However, it was obviously written by a journalist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rya
Good coverage of a wide variety of parasites.
I particularly enjoyed the part about a type of wasp that carries a virus thats dormant (coded in the DNA) that when it comes... Read more
to learn about the world of parasite, amazing stories on how they affect our life and how they try to survive in our environment! a must read.Published 2 months ago by jadga
This was a great read and you can tell the author is a respected member of the scientific community for a reason. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Stacy
Sleeping Sickness... Tapeworms... Parasites have evolved with mammals throughout evolutionary history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SchoolMom
I got this book after reading a science fiction story about genetically engineered parasites designed to be helpful to humans. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hillel Kaminsky
If you are someone who likes science ( unregarding your field) this is a book you should read; sometimes it's gross, sometimes it's beautiful but it's always interesting and it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite possibly my favorite book. Ever. (Disclaimer: I am fascinated by parasites...) It is scientifically written, yet very readable & entertaining. LOVE the pictures. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anonymoose