Apart from malaria, schistosomiasis is the most prevalent parasitic infection in the world. It affects more than 200 million people in 76 tropical and subtropical countries, causing great suffering and resulting in thousands of deaths. Written by world authorities, this book examines many aspects of the biology, pathology, and control of the schistosoma parasite. Ranging in topic from infection in Pharaonic Egypt, through DNA relationships and biological systems, to advances in development of vaccines against the parasite, this book is a comprehensive text written for researchers and medical professionals alike.
Table of Contents
Origins and Evolutionary Radiation of Schistosoma. Schistosomiasis: Paleopathological Perspectives and Historical Notes. Life Cycles of Schistosomiasis. Schistosoma Intermediate Host Snails. Schistosoma Egg. Miracidium of Schistosoma. Schistosoma Sporocysts. Cercaria of Schistosoma. Schistosomula. Tegument and External Features of Schistosoma. Alimentary Tract of Schistosoma. Nervous and Sensory System of Schistosoma. Reproductive System of Schistosoma. Spermatozoa, Spermatogenesis and Fertilization in Schistosoma. Ova and Oogenesis in Schistosoma. Excretory System of Schistosomes. Acute Schistosomiasis. Chronic Schistosomiasis. Neuroschistosomiasis: Pathogenesis and Clinical Manifestations. Subtle Morbidity in Schistosomiasis. Diagnostic Tests for Schistosomiasis. Control of Schistosomiasis. Chemotherapy against Schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis Vaccine Development: the Missing Link. Geospatial Surveillance and Response Systems for Schistosomiasis. Future Directions: The Road to Elimination.
Dr. Barrie Jamieson is Emeritus Professor of Zoology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, School of Biological Science, University of Queensland. He holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, England, and a DSc from the University of Queensland, and is a former Visiting Fellow of, and member of the Association of, Corpus Christi, Cambridge. In 1990, he was awarded the Clarke Medal for Research in Natural Sciences, early recipients of which were Thomas Henry Huxley, Baron von Mueller, and Richard Owen. His chief field of research is the ultrastructure of spermatozoa and its relevance to phylogeny, but he is also an authority on taxonomy of earthworms and has published on bioluminescence, trematode taxonomy and life cycles, and DNA based phylogenetics. He names 170 new species, has published more than 200 scientific papers, and is the author, co-author, or editor of 21 books.