New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers

New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers : Tales of Parasites and People

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A while ago, DDT and the antimalarial drug chloroquine seemed sure to make us all safe from such invisible assault. It was not to be. The mosquito has become resistant to DDT; malaria is on the rise; although tapeworms rarely turn up any longer in the most lovingly prepared New York City gefilte fish, a worm may inhabit your sashimi; some strains of gonorrhea actually thrive on penicillin; there is even a parasite for the higher tax brackets-the "nymph of Nantucket"; and there are new ailments-legionnaire's disease, Lassa fever, and new strains of influenza. In the long run, one might bet on the insects and the germs. Meanwhile Dr. Robert Desowitz has written a delightful and instructive book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 15mm | 150g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0393304264
  • 9780393304268
  • 441,757

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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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About Robert S. Desowitz

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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This book should be essential reading for any medical student. The anecdotes make tropical diseases memorable and inspire one to probe deeper into the fascinating life cycle of parasites. We share our planet with many interesting species, but, I believe, none so accommodating nor devious as parasites. Their manipulation of theirs and our defenses is beautifully described in this book and make it a good primer for any who wish to delve into the sometimes revolting, but never boring, relationship between man and they whom dwell within and upon more
by Sean Murray-Smith
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