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Protozoa and Human Disease is a textbook on medically important protozoa and the diseases they cause for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. It combines a taxonomic and medical approach and is therefore suitable for a parasitology, microbiology, medical, and public health readership. In addition to the basics such as morphological features, life cycles, and the clinical manifestations of the diseases, topics like the molecular and immunological basis of pathogenesis, metabolic pathways, specialized subcellular structures, ecology of disease transmission, antigenic variation, and molecular epidemiology are discussed for many of the protozoan pathogens. At the end of the book is an extensive glossary of molecular biology, immunology, and medical terms.
Life Cycles and Distribution.
Molecular and Immunological Basis of Pathogenesis.
Transmission, Control, and Epidemiology.
Drug Action and Resistance.
Clinical Manifestation, Diagnosis and Treatment.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Medical Protozoology 2. Overview of Intestinal Protozoa 3. Entamoeba and Amebiasis 4. Giardiasis 5. Trichomonas vaginalis and Other Trichomonads 6. Balantidium coli and Blastocystis hominis 7. Kinetoplastids 8. African Trypanosomiasis 9. Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas’ Disease 10. Leishmaniasis 11. General Apicomplexan Biology 12. Cryptosporidium 13. Monoxenous Intestinal Coccidia 14. Toxoplasma gondii and Cyst-forming Coccidia 15. Malaria 16. Babesiosis 17. Free-Living Protozoa Affecting Human Health