262 pages, 28 b/w photos, maps
Hidden away within living tissues, parasites are all around us - and inside us. Yet, despite their unsavory characteristics parasites have played an enormous role in civilizations through time and around the globe.
This book puts amoebae, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and others at the center of the action as human cultures have evolved and declined. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect.
Drisdelle is not only an experienced parasitologist and scientific author, but a creative genius... Her writing style and narrative is so entertaining that one will want to keep turning this book's pages to see what happens next.--Choice "I highly recommend taking a deeper look into Drisdelle's new book ... You'll be surprised by how much you learn and even more by how much you enjoy the read!"--Bedbug.com "Drisdelle describes biological processes lovingly and beautifully ... read Drisdelle for an education."--Times Literary Supplement (Tls) "Hookworm, roundworm, bed bugs, lice, trichinosis, sleeping sickness, scabies: these are some of the parasites and diseases that Drisdelle ably describes with mirth, occasional poetry, and an infectious scientific fascination, where the human story is an essential element of the natural history."--Scitech Book News "An interesting guide to what's eating you, literally! Not for the squeamish!"--The Guardian (Uk) / the Birdbooker Report
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