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A Conceptual Approach

Eric Loker, Bruce Hofkin
Publication Date:
March 02, 2015
Content Details:
550 pages | 350 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Parasitology: A Conceptual Approach is a new textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students which focuses on concepts and principles without neglecting important aspects of a traditional, taxonomically based approach to parasitology. Concentrating on concepts enables readers to gain a broader perspective that will increase their ability to think critically about various parasitic associations. The interfaces between the study of parasitism and prominent biological disciplines such as biodiversity, immunology, ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and disease control are highlighted. End-of-chapter questions are provided, as is an Instructor Manual.

    Information on individual parasites is expertly summarized in a concise appendix called the Rogues’ Gallery. This appendix is organized taxonomically and includes details on taxonomy, life cycle, associated pathology, treatment, and control. Species included in the Rogues’ Gallery are highlighted in red throughout the main text.


      • Conceptual organization brings parasitology teaching in line with current thinking and research 
      • Rogues’ Gallery will make taxonomically oriented instructors comfortable using the book and provide an invaluable revision/review aid for students
      • Text boxes with further information
      • End-of-Chapter questions with answer guidance on line
      • Instructor manual


      I shall recommend this book for anyone dealing with any aspect of parasitology. It is a rich source of updated information on emerging issues in parasitology, including parasite-host interactions, parasite ecology and evolution. I will certainly put my hardcopy in my bookshelf "must have books on parasitology." - Parasites and Vectors, 2015

      Parasitology: A Conceptual Approach is a new textbook focusing on the concepts and principles of parasitology for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as instructors and professors in universities. Every chapter deals with the most recent knowledge regarding each relevant topic and highlights the modern concepts of parasite biology and evolutionary ecology. Different types of parasites, hosts, and vectors are well explained....The part entitled "RoguesGallery of Parasites" is also unique. It describes the traditional concept of parasitology with morphology and taxonomy-based approaches. It provides a concise overview of the basic biology of major parasites of medical and/or veterinary importance in a total 48 sections. The figures used in this part are extraordinarily super-excellent....The book provides an excellent resource and will be highly useful and helpful for medical and veterinary medical students, tropical medicine doctors, researchers, laboratory personnel, and professors in parasitology and biology. - Korean Journal of Parasitology, 2015


      "For those of you who teach parasitology at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, I would strongly recommend that you integrate this book within your taught curricula. It is excellent value for money and an inspiring treatise for it links several themes in modern biology as tailored within a parasitological framework." -Parasitology

      Parasitology: A Conceptual Approach offers a comprehensive introduction to a multifaceted and often ignored field of biology and provides a useful jumping-off point for deeper study. Its broad theme-based structure effectively explicates several subdivisions of parasitology, and its case studies are judiciously chosen and highlight important concepts with salient examples. For those searching for a reference, the last chapter suffices. In sum, Loker and Hofkin’s textbook is an excellent read for both undergraduate and graduate students.-Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

      "Parasitism is better understood from this kind of approach than from the staid approach organised around systematic phylogeny... In all, I found this to be the best contemporary text available; it is essential reading for anyone wishing to learn about the ways in which one organism can live upon another." - Trends in Microbiology

  • Contents

    1. An Introduction to Parasitism
    2. An Overview of Parasite Diversity
    3. The Parasite’s Way of Life
    4. Host Defense and Parasite Evasion
    5. Parasite vs. Host: Pathology and Disease 
    6. The Ecology of Parasitism
    7. The Evolutionary Biology of Parasitism
    8. Parasites and Conservation Biology
    9. The Challenge of Parasite Control
    10. The Future of Parasitology
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  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    • Tutorial on the construction and use of evolutionary trees, including molecular phylogenetics.
    • Review of basic immunology for parasitologists.
    • Guide to answering the end-of-chapter questions.
    • Online glossary and flashcards.


  • Instructor Resources

    Instructor Resources

    • Artwork available in PowerPoint® and JPEG formats.
    • Instructor manual explains how to:
    o Structure a course around the text.
    o Integrate the text into a taxonomic parasitology course.
    o Integrate the text with a laboratory course.

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