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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anne L. O'Keefe, MD, MPH (Douglas County NE Health Department)
Description: This is the third edition of a standard introductory book on medical entomology. It provides basic information on recognition, biology, and methods of control of medically important arthropods. This edition, which updates the 2000 edition, includes recent developments in vector and disease control strategies and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.
Purpose: The book succeeds in providing a concise introduction and basic reference for a wide audience who want to better understand and prevent arthropod-borne diseases.
Audience: It would be appreciated by students of entomology and other areas of biology, health professions, and public health; public health officials involved in the prevention and control of arthropod-borne diseases, including epidemiologists, program administrators, and community health workers involved in pest and disease control activities; and healthcare providers and public health professionals involved in international health and travel medicine.
Features: The book introduces the reader to medically important groups of mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas, mites, and others. Most chapters are divided into sections on external morphology, life cycle, medical importance, and control. Some chapters are more detailed and include information on ecology, specific subfamilies and species, and important diseases. There are extensive diagrams that clearly illustrate morphology. Key terms and concepts are bolded and make it easy to scan the text. The appendix contains a glossary of common terms and a list of chemicals (and common trade names) used in pest control.
Assessment: This is an easy to understand introduction to the field of medical entomology for more readers than just students of biology and entomology. It provides enough detail to serve as an adequate reference for its intended audience (other than entomologists). Although the title is well recognized and probably should not be changed, a more appropriate title might be Medical Entomology for Health Care Providers and Public Health Practitioners.