Giardia and Giardiasis

Biology, Pathogenesis, and Epidemiology

  • Stanley L. Erlandsen
  • Ernest A. Meyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Structure and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dennis E. Feely, Stanley L. Erlandsen, David G. Chase
      Pages 3-31
    3. Stanley L. Erlandsen, Dennis E. Feely
      Pages 33-63
    4. Donald G. Lindmark, Edward L. Jarroll
      Pages 65-80
    5. Miriam A. Bertram, Patrick Muller, Ernest A. Meyer
      Pages 81-87
    6. Dennis E. Feely
      Pages 89-97
    7. Ernest A. Meyer, Simona Radulescu
      Pages 99-109
    8. Ernest A. Meyer, Frank W. Schaefer III
      Pages 131-144
  3. Giardiasis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Martin S. Wolfe
      Pages 147-161
    3. J. Gillon, Anne Ferguson
      Pages 163-183
    4. I. C. Roberts-Thomson, R. F. Anders
      Pages 185-200
    5. Phillip D. Smith
      Pages 201-218
    6. Ernest A. Meyer, Stanley L. Erlandsen, Simona Radulescu
      Pages 233-240
  4. Epidemiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Gunther F. Craun
      Pages 243-261
    3. Walter Jakubowski
      Pages 263-286
    4. Gary S. Logsdon, Foppe B. Dewalle, David W. Hendricks
      Pages 287-309
    5. Edward L. Jarroll, John C. Hoff, Ernest A. Meyer
      Pages 311-328
    6. Robert L. Owen
      Pages 329-339
    7. Robert J. Barnard, George J. Jackson
      Pages 365-378
    8. William J. Bemrick
      Pages 379-400
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-407

About this book


The intestinal protozoan Giardia was first described over 300 years ago in 1681 by Leeuwenhoek, from his own stools. In his description of Giardia, he noted the size, movement, and morphology of the organism, and associated its presence with the diarrheic nature of his stools and his dietary habits. This truly remarkable account contains the first description of Giardia in morphologic, pathogenic, and epidemiologic terms. Our knowledge of the organisms in the genus Giardia has advanced tremendously in the past two decades. With the advent of new tech­ nologies, including techniques in electron microscopy, biochemistry, immunochemistry, tissue culture, and physiology, a tidal wave of information has appeared on the organization and function of this parasitic protozoan and its interaction with its host. The purpose of this book is to celebrate the tricentennial discovery of Giardia by Leeuwenhoek by presenting the above-mentioned advances in our knowledge of Giardia and giardiasis. In the first section of this book, the dominant theme is the biology of the organism and the correlation of structure-function relationships.


antigen biochemistry biology electron microscopy epidemiology immune response immunity metabolism microscopy parasite pathogenesis physiology protozoa tissue water

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley L. Erlandsen
    • 1
  • Ernest A. Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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