Parasitic Diseases

  • Dickson D. Despommier
  • Robert W. Gwadz
  • Peter J. Hotez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nematodes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dickson D. Despommier, Robert W. Gwadz, Peter J. Hotez
      Pages 2-6
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      Pages 6-11
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      Pages 11-17
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      Pages 17-24
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      Pages 32-40
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      Pages 53-57
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      Pages 57-61
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      Pages 61-70
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      Pages 71-74
  3. Cestodes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Dickson D. Despommier, Robert W. Gwadz, Peter J. Hotez
      Pages 76-80
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      Pages 81-84
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      Pages 84-89
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      Pages 100-106

About this book

Introduction

Worldwide, the numbers of people suffering and dying from parasitic diseases are overwhelming, with more than 100 million cases and 1 million deaths each year from malaria alone. Despite the magnitude of the problem and the importance of the parasites that cause opportunistic infections among persons with HIV/AIDS, medical schools in the United States, Canada, and other developed countries consistently reduce the amount of time spent on parasitic diseases in the curricu­ lum. As a result most medical students receive limited information about these diseases, and are inadequately prepared to diagnose or treat them as physicians. This problem is too large to be resolved within the time available for parasitology in the medical school curriculum; at most, students can be acquainted with the salient features of the medically important parasites. Likewise, the traditional isolation of parasitology from the rest of the curriculum (consistent with its exclu­ sion from most microbiology texts) is another unresolved problem. In my opinion, this is why most physicians are unable to think about the differential diagnosis of parasitic diseases in the same way that they routinely balance the probabilities of malignancy, cardiovascular, renal, and pulmonary disease vs other infectious diseases. To resolve these problems, relevant paradigms from parasitology must be used in the teaching of cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and immu­ nology.

Keywords

Protozoa infection malaria parasite parasitology parasitäre Krankheit

Authors and affiliations

  • Dickson D. Despommier
    • 1
  • Robert W. Gwadz
    • 2
  • Peter J. Hotez
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia University, Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Malaria Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2476-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7554-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2476-1
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