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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 99

Medical parasitology

Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Puducherry - 605 009, India

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Reba Kanungo
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Puducherry - 605 009
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How to cite this article:
Kanungo R. Medical parasitology. Indian J Med Microbiol 2008;26:99

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Kanungo R. Medical parasitology. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 May 29];26:99. Available from:

CP Baveja, V Baveja

First Edition 2007
Arya Publishing Company, Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110 005, India.
Price: Rs. 200/-

Indian medical textbooks have come of age in the past few years. The medical fraternity has taken up the task of writing textbooks, manuals and hand books of examination-oriented questions and answers.

At affordable prices and being easily available to medical graduate students, these books fulfil long-standing demands of medical textbooks in the country. Drs. Baveja have added yet another textbook on parasitology to the Indian Medical book market. An attractive jacket with simple, colorful diagrams and easy-to-understand general concepts are some of the highlights of this book. Essential concepts of life cycles, habitats and pathogenesis of the human parasites have been discussed in appropriate chapters. Key features and differences in characteristics have been highlighted in tables. The authors have included a chapter on examination of various specimens and laboratory methods for the diagnosis of human parasitic infections. Each chapter is followed by a few common questions generally asked in the examinations.

Some of the weak points of the book relate to a lack of information on prevalent national control programs, parasitic infections in the immunocompromised, infections of the central nervous system and the eye as separate entities. It has become essential to integrate medical education with a more patient-oriented approach. The other major lacuna of the book is a failure to mention major references from where information has been cited from to facilitate for further study.

Although reasonably priced, this book lacks sufficient material for the postgraduate student pursuing medical microbiology course.

However, this book will be found useful by undergraduate bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) and paramedical science students.


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