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Arthropod vectors of human infections, such as malaria, filariasis, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and typhus, are a continuing threat to human health. Medical Entomology for Students provides basic information on the recognition, biology, ecology, and medical importance of the arthropods that affect human health. The fourth edition of this popular textbook is completely updated, and incorporates the latest strategies for controlling insects, ticks, and mites. Extensive illustrations, with new colour photographs of some of the most important vectors and pests, will assist readers in recognizing arthropods such as mosquitoes, flies, and myiasis-causing larvae. The book contains a glossary of entomological and epidemiological terms, and a list of commonly used insecticides and their common names. Each chapter concludes with a list of suggested further reading. With a clear presentation and concise style, this text is specifically aimed at students of medical entomology, tropical medicine, parasitology, and pest control. It will also be essential reading for physicians, nurses, health officials, and community health workers.

About the Author:
Mike Service, Emeritus Professor of Medical Entomology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
Of the third edition:
"… a very well written book that is well suited for its purpose as an introduction for students … it would serve well as a quick refresher to the subject even for experienced medical entomologists."
The Lancet

Of the third edition:
"… undergraduate and postgraduate masters students can continue to rely on this affordable and reliable basic introduction to the discipline of medical entomology."

Of the third edition:
"This is an easy to understand introduction to the field of medical entomology for more readers than just students of biology and entomology … [another] appropriate title might be 'Medical Entomology for Health Care Providers and Public Health Practitioners'."
Doody's Review Service

Of the third edition:
"… a 'must have' for those studying the discipline … a continuing strength is its frequent updating cycle and the helpful addition and revision of the further reading section."
Richard D. Ward, Keele University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521547758
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Service is a world authority on medical entomology and has over 50 years experience of research and teaching in the field. He is Emeritus Professor of Medical Entomology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 1997 he was awarded the Sir Rickard Christophers medal by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and in 2002 the Harry Hoogstraal Medal by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, for research on medical vectors.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition     xi
Preface to the second edition     xii
Preface to the third edition     xiii
Preface to the fourth edition     xiv
Acknowledgements     xv
Introduction to mosquitoes (Culicidae)     1
External morphology     2
Life cycle     6
Classification of mosquitoes     12
Medical importance     20
Mosquito control     21
Further reading     31
Anopheline mosquitoes (Anophelinae)     33
External morphology     34
Life cycle     34
Medical importance     36
Control     46
Further reading     49
Culicine mosquitoes (Culicinae)     52
Culex mosquitoes     53
Aedes mosquitoes     55
Haemagogus mosquitoes     58
Sabethes mosquitoes     60
Mansonia mosquitoes     62
Coquillettidia mosquitoes     64
Psorophora mosquitoes     65
Medical importance     65
Control     76
Further reading     79
Black-flies (Simuliidae)     81
External morphology     82
Life cycle     83
Medical importance     88
Control     90
Further reading     92
Phlebotomine sand-flies (Phlebotominae)     93
External morphology     94
Life cycle     95
Medical importance     98
Control     100
Further reading     101
Biting midges (Ceratopogonidae)     103
External morphology     104
Life cycle     105
Medical importance     107
Control     109
Further reading     109
Horse-flies (Tabanidae)     111
External morphology     112
Life cycle     115
Medical importance     118
Control     119
Further reading     119
Tsetse-flies (Glossinidae)     121
External morphology     122
Life cycle     125
Medical importance     128
Control     130
Further reading     132
House-flies and stable-flies (Muscidae) and latrine-flies (Fanniidae)     134
The common house-fly (Musca domestica)     135
The greater house-fly (Muscina stabulans)     144
The stable-fly (Stomoxys calcitrans)     146
The lesser house-fly and the latrine-fly (Fannia species)     148
Further reading     149
Flies and myiasis     151
Types of myiasis     152
Classification     153
Calliphoridae: non-metallic flies     153
Calliphoridae: metallic flies     156
Sarcophagidae: flesh-flies     162
Oestridae: bot-flies     164
Other myiasis-producing flies     166
Further reading     167
Fleas (Siphonaptera)     168
External morphology     169
Life cycle     171
Medical importance     174
Tunga penetrans     177
Control of fleas     179
Further reading     181
Sucking lice (Anoplura)     183
The body louse (Pediculus humanus)     184
The head louse (Pediculus capitis)     189
The pubic louse (Pthirus pubis)     191
Further reading     193
Bedbugs (Cimicidae)     194
External morphology     195
Life cycle     196
Medical importance     198
Control      198
Further reading     199
Triatomine bugs (Triatominae)     200
External morphology     201
Life cycle     202
Medical importance     204
Control     205
Further reading     206
Cockroaches (Blattaria)     208
External morphology     209
Life cycle     210
Medical importance     211
Control     212
Further reading     213
Soft ticks (Argasidae)     215
External morphology     216
Internal anatomy     217
Life cycle     218
Medical importance     220
Control     222
Further reading     223
Hard ticks (lxodidae)     224
External morphology     225
Life cycle     226
Behaviour and habits     228
Medical importance     231
Control     236
Further reading     237
Scabies mites (Sarcoptidae)     239
External morphology     240
Life cycle     240
Recognition of scabies     243
Treatment of scabies      244
Further reading     245
Scrub typhus mites (Trombiculidae)     246
External morphology     247
Life cycle     249
Ecology     250
Medical importance     251
Control     252
Further reading     252
Miscellaneous mites     254
Demodicidae: follicle mites (Demodex species)     255
Pyroglyphidae: house-dust mites (Dermatophagoides and Euroglyphus species)     256
Other mites     257
Further reading     258
Names of some chemicals and microbials used in vector control     260
Glossary of common terms relevant to medical entomology     263
Select bibliography     276
Index     277
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