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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1987 - Science - 224 pages
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The medical tapestry of the world is full of organisms too small to see, carried by flying and creeping creatures too numerous to eradicate. 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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Review: New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People

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Definitely good stuff in here. The writing was pretty dry though. Read full review

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

User Review  - Parn - Goodreads

This is a really good survey of a handful of neglected tropical diseases. It's a nice break from the popular science style of The Hot Zone, but that being said it requires in depth knowledge of and ... Read full review

Contents

Parasites Progress and the Past
11
The Unified Theory of Perspiration Evolution
28
On New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish
36
How the Wise Men Brought Malaria to Africa
46
The Bean the Gene and Malaria
59
The Fly That Would Be King
75
River Blindness
91
Controlling the Schistosome at a Snails Pace
103
The Wheeze and the Worm
136
Dangerous Nymphs of Nantucket
146
Itamae san saskimi ni mushi ga imasu Waiter
159
Regarding Giardia
172
Unseemly Behavior
186
References and Suggested Reading
206
Index
219
Copyright

Harmonious Parasites
128

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About the author (1987)

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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