Parasites, People, and Places: Essays on Field Parasitology

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 12, 2004 - Medical - 235 pages
Professor Gerald W. Esch, one of the world's leading ecological parasitologists, presents a series of essays on classic examples of field parasitology. The essays focus on the significance of the work and its contribution to the field but also on the people and, particularly, the sites at which the work took place. Taken together, they represent a beautifully written account of the development of an entire field of scientific endeavor spanning a period of 50 years or more. While the essays are not meant to be academic in a scientific sense, they contain a great deal of science. The book will be of great value to all parasitologists and ecologists, but also to anyone interested in how biological field work is carried out and how it contributes to greater understanding of the natural world.

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"An enlightening informational guide to the world of parasitology."
-Alexandra Esch-proud granddaughter of Gerald Esch who also got an "A" in biology!!

Contents

From Elbing in Kansas to Elblag in Poland
27
Slapton Ley and other matters British
47
Ecological studies in Charlies Pond a stream of consciousness
69
Douglas Lake early field parasitology in North America
97
A day in the life of a field parasitology student Janovy style
124
The Canadians
157
The importance of field parasitology in the global assault on human parasitic disease
187
Where are we now and where are we going?
222
Index
228
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Gerald Esch is one of the world's leading ecological parasitologists. He is the Editor of the Journal of Parasitology and has over 30 yrs of teaching and research experience.

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