- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 9 edition (November 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0073524190
- ISBN-13: 978-0073524191
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foundations of Parasitology 9th Edition
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About the Author
Larry Roberts is currently teaching parasitology and marine biology at the University of Miami. He received his Ph.D. in Parasitology from Johns Hopkins University and is a coauthor of Foundations of Parasitology, 5/e. Past teaching affiliations include University of Massachusetts, Texas Tech University, and Florida International University. Dr. Roberts has authored numerous research articles and a title of related interest: Underwater World of Sport Diving.
Top customer reviews
The sections are distinct, the main ideas and concepts of every chapter are very straight-forward and the pictures used have been wisely chosen to represent the information given in the best detail possible.
The writing technique is also impressive- the text does include A LOT of information, but it is not boring, nor does it seem to be mind-boggling. The authors did a great job stating the information clearly so as to enhance the reader's understanding and knowledge, without being wordy or confusing.
To compare, I have searched for other parasitology reference materials before, and I have purchased a few of them. The problem I kept facing was that there seemed to always be a lack of information given. For example, one of my references presented some parasites, what they looked like, their life cycles and their pathogenesis. But it did not explain the biophysiological characteristics of each parasite. Others I've had focused more on pathogenesis and prevalence, and did not detail life cycles, larva stages, etc.
Even though this book does not include information on every single parasite, it does provide the best foundation possible for understanding these organisms. And that's the most important part, because in this technology age we live in, we don't need to memorize every single piece of data- we can just google it- but what you do need is the "how" and "why". As long as you have a solid foundation, anything you come across will make sense. This book includes anatomy and physiology, life cycles, descriptions of each life cycle stage, it details the categories, classes, orders and families of parasites and uses specific examples of species within those classifications to illustrate the concepts, and the information is presented accurately and thoughtfully.
So, all in all this is truely 5 star material.