Specimens that are typically studied in such a course have been photographed with a digital camera and arranged in plates. A total of 1, parasite images are included on plates. Unlike previous laser- or solid ink-printed editions, the 8th edition has been commercially offset printed on gsm glossy art paper with wire-o binding. The "Electronic Atlas of Parasitology" along with additional media files chapter quizzes, flashcards can be downloaded using an access code included with the printed atlas.
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ISBN X. Normally, we do not include reviews for new editions of previously published books. However, I am making an exception in this case. One of my reasons for doing so is that the newest edition of this book is so much better than any of the former versions.
Moreover, John is the publisher, as well as the author, of the newest edition. He has gambled that he will recover the cost for publishing. I hope that he does. I have been teaching parasitology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for a number of years. Over this period of time, I have used a number of textbooks, most of which have been very good in many ways and not so much in others. For example, these books are not satisfactory as teaching tools for the laboratory. They are simply not designed for that purpose.
These have been scanned and added to my collection, which can be sourced by electronic means. What I have always desired is a succinct collection of images that the student can immediately source without having to search through so many different books, computer collections, etc.
With this new edition, I think the student problems have been resolved. The book is divided into 8 chapters plus an Appendix and a Table of Contents. The chapters include blood and tissue flagellates, lumendwelling flagellates, amoebae and ciliates, spore-forming tissue parasites, blood apicomplexans, trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes and acanthocephalans.
Each chapter begins with a listing of the micrographs that are included, along with a very brief description of the parasites to be viewed. In other words, it includes most of the basic, essential information that an instructor would like the student to take away from the lab.
I should also note here that some of the plates include a single figure, while others include up to A separate disc that has all of the plates and figures is included with the book. John personally shot every micrograph in the book and the quality is absolutely superb. Sources of specimens are included at the end of each chapter. An Appendix is designed to introduce the student to microscopy. A good way to cover the cost, however, would be to order several copies and simply make them available during the lab, year after year.
It is of exceptional quality. The micrographs are beautiful, the presentation is excellent, the paper on which the plates are printed is heavy, the choice of parasites is top notch, and the commentary prepared and supplied by the author is succinct, but thorough. I strongly recommend the book as a first-rate teaching tool in any introductory parasitology course.
I am confident that it will be exceedingly useful! Gerald W.
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A color atlas of parasitology
ISBN 13: 9780966580778
John T Sullivan