It turns out that they don't have much effect on people from Africa, but caused white southerners to become anemic. This is the only part of human history for which we have even roughly accurate numbers. Market of Peril Parasites versus food safety regulations—is anything safe to eat? Thus to help any and all who are interested in discovering just how influential parasites have been and continue to be in our lives, Rosemary Drisdelle has in her recent book provided a superb introduction to and overview of parasites in some of their many fascinating and historically significant forms. I was troubled to hear about the round worm carried by raccoons. In the House of Mirrors Good, bad, and imaginary—the cultural meanings and practical uses of parasites, and the power of fear 7. Her writing style and narrative is so entertaining that one will want to keep turning this book's pages to see what happens next. We have all had unwelcome guests in that sense.
Adult worms live in raccoon intestines and may generate a hundred thousand eggs a day. The book ends with a discussion on parasite extinction, and whether it's really a good idea. This surprising statement pops up from time to time; in fact, I found a variation of it in a 2002 Nature article by John Whitfield, and Nature is usually a trustworthy source. It reveals them as invisible threats in our food, water, and luggage; as invaders that have shaped behaviors and taboos; and as unexpected partners in such venues as crime scene investigations. This book showcases the alien, gross, disturbing and utterly fascinating world of parasites for a mass audience. Yet, despite their unsavory characteristics, as we find in this compulsively readable book, parasites have played an enormous role in civilizations through time and around the globe.
It is difficult to keep the risks in proportion, but it is important to know about the risks of drinking unfiltered water or traveling far away places. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect. Throughout the book, the author mixes general descriptions of parasites with case studies and occasional discussions of the pathogen's historical significance. Believe me- I so wanted this book to be great- I am fascinated with human pathology, zoonotics and parasitology. It is a quick read that picks up noticably about halfway through and becomes compulsive reading. Parasites also describes their evolution and life histories and considers their significant benefits.
A nematode roundworm called O. This book puts amoebae, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and others at the center of the action as human cultures have evolved and declined. You might also say that the hook worm, imported because of slavery, contributed to its downfall by weakening the troops whose job it was to defend it. It is a treasure trove of anecdotes, not to mention novel perspectives, that professors of organismal animal biology will find invaluable in their teaching. A water-living trematode found in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia that can make its way into the human bloodstream by directly penetrating the skin, it may — as Drisdelle explains — have been a significant contributor to the fall of the ancient city of Jericho.
This in itself is an important element of the latter portion of the book — the idea that the parasites that afflicted our ancestors are often the same ones that still afflict much of humanity today. The tough eggs of B. Parasite Extinction Can we ever get rid of these unwelcome guests? Armies of Pestilence: The Impact of Disease on History. Illegal Aliens The unintentional but persistent global movement of parasites by humans 5. It reveals them as invisible threats in our f. We still have most of our 54 billion deaths to account for. It reveals them as invisible threats in our food, water, and luggage; as invaders that have shaped behaviors and taboos; and, as unexpected partners in such venues as crime scene investigations.
This is an easy-to-read beginner's guide to common and popular parasites among us. Hidden away within living tissues, parasites are all around us-and inside us. As Drisdelle, a clinical parasitologist, shows, human parasites come in many forms and use a panoply of strategies to make a living. That's up for debate- but this book is thin- it isn't robust in itself, so why waste precious real estate with that nonsense? Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. National Archives and Records Administration. Epilogue Notes Selected Bibliography and Additional Reading Index Customer Reviews Drisdelle is not only an experienced parasitologist and scientific author, but a creative genius.
Some accounts are shallow, discussing the natural history of the parasite in detail but skimming the human account. The World Health Report 1999. Admittedly, there are elements included in the text that some particularly sensitive readers may find discomforting; however if these portions can be endured in pursuit of the greater good of a much expanded as well as enriched understanding of this too often neglected topic, the end result of being able to think about the subject in a far more nuanced and complex manner will more than compensate for any momentary queasiness experienced along the way. Estimates of the number of annual deaths from malaria differ quite widely. In the House of Mirrors Good, bad, and imaginary--the cultural meanings and practical uses of parasites, and the power of fear 7. Written by a clinical parasitologist, Parasites is an engrossing read that examines the many ways in which parasites have had major consequences for humans and other animals, the life cycles of many common parasites, and the unintended effects of changing environments. Lots of parasite stories told in a compelling way.
So far research hasn't revealed an antibiotic that will clear Wolbachia bacteria in human cases of onchocerciasis with less than three weeks of treatment. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect. You'll be surprised by how much you learn and even more by how much you enjoy the read! Unfortunately the adult worms can live for 10 to 15 years, so the treatments need to be treated annually. Yet, despite their unsavory characteristics, as we find in this compulsively readable book, parasites have played an enormous role in civilizations through time and around the globe. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect. Deftly blending the sociological with the scientific, this natural and social history of parasites looks closely at a fascinating, often disgusting group of organisms and discovers that they are in fact an integral thread in the web of life. Author Biography Rosemary Drisdelle is a writer and a clinical parasitologist living in Nova Scotia.
Malaria killed half the people who have ever lived. The vignettes are delivered in case study form throughout the book which makes for great reading. If we're cognizant enough to choose this title, we're smart enough to know what words that have more than seven letters mean. The hookworms crawl no more than five feet away from the bushes used as a latrine and burrow in through bare feet. It's written in a way that is not overly cumbersome to read, bogged down with jargon, but explores the complicated concepts fully.