Parasites and Infectious Disease: Discovery by Serendipity and Otherwise

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Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2007 - Science
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This series of entertaining essays provides a unique insight into some of the key discoveries that have shaped the field of parasitology. Based on interviews with 18 of the world's leading parasitologists and epidemiologists, the stories of their contributions to discovery in contemporary parasitology and infectious disease biology are told. Taken together, the essays provide a historical account of the development of the field, serving as a bridge between these discoveries and current research. The book provides a real insight into the thought processes and approaches taken in generating break through scientific discoveries, ranging from immunology to ecology and from malaria and trypanosomiasis to schistosomiasis and Lyme disease. This engaging and lively introduction to discovery in parasitology will be of interest to all those currently working in the field and will also serve to set the scene for future generations of parasitologists.

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Gerald W. Esch is Charles M. Allen Professor of Biology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He is editor of the Journal of Parasitology, the author of Parasites, People and Places: Essays on Field Parasitology (2004) and co-author of the textbook Parasitism (2001). He is a recipient of the Louis T. Benezet Distinguished Alumnus Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Colorado College, in 1992, and of the Clark P. Read Mentor Award from the American Society of Parasitologists in 1999.

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