BOOK REVIEWS L. H. CHAPPELL: Physiology of Parasites. Blackie & Son, Glasgow and London. 230 pp. The author sets himself the considerable task of providing an introduction to the breadth of parasite physiology for the undergraduate with no previous experience of parasitology and little background in biochemistry or physiology. The book is well presented for this readership with a clear text, frequent use of figures and tables, chapter summaries, a glossary, a classification of parasites and an index. The author discusses the range of physiological adaptations to parasitism in a manner that will generate enthusiasm for the subject in undergraduates. There is an in- troduction, and nine further chapters concerned with feeding and nutrition, energy metabolism, protein metabolism, excretion, reproduction, parasite transmission, growth, nervous systems and behaviour, and host-parasite relationships. The broad approach is particularly successful when there is a unifying theme as for metabolism or immunity of mammals to parasites, but dif- ficulty arises in chapters such as those on feeding or nervous systems where there seems little in common between the various groups of parasites. Examples are well used but there is a tendency to emphasize platyhelminthes more frequently than either protozoa or nematodes. The author
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Published: Jan 1, 1982
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