New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers (Paperback)

Tales of Parasites and People

By Robert S. Desowitz

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393304268, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 1987

List Price: 15.95*
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It was not to be. The mosquito has become resistant to DDT; malaria is on the rise; although tapeworms rarely turn up any longer in the most lovingly prepared New York City gefilte fish, a worm may inhabit your sashimi; some strains of gonorrhea actually thrive on penicillin; there is even a parasite for the higher tax brackets--the "nymph of Nantucket"; and there are new ailments--legionnaire's disease, Lassa fever, and new strains of influenza.

In the long run, one might bet on the insects and the germs. Meanwhile Dr. Robert Desowitz has written a delightful and instructive book.