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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Rene Dubos
“Dr. Desowitz tells many wise and important things about the health problems of the Third World . . . and of our own world. Fortunately, he presents his views in the form of highly entertaining stories that reveal how the life complexities of the microbial agents of disease are more than matched by the oddities of human behavior.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393304268
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 542,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Great for class!

    T took parasitology course in college and when I was handed this book I was instantly interested! First of all this title gets students, they instantly ask, why Jewish grandmothers? The way this book organizes the parasite material is great! You keep wanting to read,even though your assigned reading was for only four chapters you want to read five, or six. This book also makes comparisons of parasites to the real world. It also makes you think about possible situations in the world, what if we didn't have parasites, would everything be the same? I would continually ask myself if we didn't have parasites would we have a major over population problem on our hands? Would we be able to handle it? Maybe this is natures way of keeping us in check.

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