From the forword of Clinical Parasitology:

This second, updated edition of this excellent handbook for medical practitioners and microbiologists comes at a most appropriate time. Practitioners, laboratory scientists and students may become familiar with “the usual suspects” of parasites causing illness in the patients and travellers they usually see, but lack familiarity with the very wide range of possible alternate diagnoses or newly identified "emerging" parasites in their own patients or even the common causes in other risk groups.

In many countries, the time given to teaching parasitology has been so dramatically reduced for such a long time that we are failing to develop a new generation of young scientists and clinicians who are familiar with clinical presentations and laboratory manifestations of any but the most common parasitic diseases, or lack the knowledge of when to consider parasitic diagnosis. Paradoxically this comes at a time when there is increased need for this expertise for several important reasons: the increasing numbers of patients throughout the world with HIV, the increased numbers of patients receiving immune-modulatory agents, and the increased global movement of potentially infected people (travellers, refugees and migrants), infected animals and food products.

Despite the relative lack of investment in parasitology research and training in the past ten years, it is gratifying to note advances in the discipline and these are clearly outlined in the book. As practitioners in the art, the authors have been sensitive to feedback on the very successful first edition, and have included updated treatment protocols, incorporated new information such as reclassification of names of organisms, and described and defined the place of new or improved diagnostic methods such as rapid tests for malaria. The newly developed tables outlining what to look for in different organ systems will be welcomed, as will the large number of excellent photographs in the book that can also be seen in an extended collection available via web access.

The authors have succeeded in their aim of providing the critical elements of clinical parasitology backed up with the relevant approaches to laboratory diagnosis and treatment.

This clinical handbook fills an important niche for the practitioner because of its focus on practical aspects, not overwhelmed with detail but with sufficient information to guide next steps in diagnosis and management, with reference to more detailed work on individual parasites and their consequences.

It will continue to be an invaluable book to have at hand, ready for the next call of “Could this be …?”, or “Is there anything new available for treating ..?” and highly relevant for clinicians, laboratory scientists and students.

Professor Graham V Brown
Nossal Institute for Global Health,
University of Melbourne
Level 4, Alan Gilbert Building
Victoria 3010, Australia

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