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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71

Book Review

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry - 605 006, India

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Reba Kanungo
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry - 605 006
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Kanungo R. Book Review. Indian J Med Microbiol 2005;23:71

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Kanungo R. Book Review. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2005 [cited 2020 Aug 13];23:71. Available from:

Arora DR, Arora B. Medical Parasitology, 2nd edition. CBS Publishers & Distributors, Darya Ganj, New Delhi, 2004. Rs.275.00

Rapidly increasing information in medical science requires that text books be revised and updated to keep pace. The authors, Dr. D.R.Arora and B.Arora, have revised their text book in keeping with the times. Improvement from the first edition is worth noting. The authors have revised almost all chapters and yet have not made the book unwieldy or bulky with additional information. The hard bound book comes with an attractive jacket. The first chapter on General Parasitology has an interesting table comparing a parasite with a human embryo. Subsequent chapters have retained the general pattern of the previous edition but improved with colour highlights of salient features and important information. The black and white and coloured diagrams are uncomplicated and clear, as also the pictures of gross and histopathological sections. Diagrams of lifecycles have been improved with simple line sketches. Number of references at the end of each chapter have however been reduced, perhaps to bring down the bulk of the book. The language remains lucid and easy to understand. Rapid diagnostic tests have been included in many chapters, one example being antigen detection and quantitative buffy coat examination in malaria, illustrated with diagrams for easy comprehension. Nosocomial parasitic infections is an additional feature of the chapter on parasitic opportunistic infections. This is a relevant addition in view of the growing importance of hospital acquired infections. Diagrammatic representation of relative sizes and morphology of protozoa and helminthic eggs, added on at the end of the book has good visual impact and will help in the understanding the importance of micrometry in diagnostic parasitology.

Applied and analytical approach to solving clinical problems could have been introduced along with multiple choice and essay questions, by including problem based questions. An attempt has been made with a few questions but it needs to be improved. This edition may well replace the older one as a text book for MBBS, and Laboratory Technology students and may be recommended for the same. It will also help post graduate students of Medical Microbiology, as additional Indian data have been included in some of the chapters. Authors need to be congratulated on the second edition of their book on Medical Parasitology.


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