This is a relatively brief but highly satisfactory discussion of amebiasis by a clinician with unusually extensive experience with the disease. He has worked as part of a medical team which handles hundreds of cases of severe amebiasis each year. In the introduction he discusses the history, epidemiology, and basic biology of the disease, especially the problems so much debated among experts with relation to the small race of Entamoeba histolytica and the possible separate species, E harmanni. He concludes this relatively brief yet comprehensive chapter with the statement, "Despite the gaps in our knowledge and the unanswered problems, I believe that when we compare amebiasis with many other diseases, our diagnostic facilities and clinical knowledge are remarkably complete and that we have at our disposal efficient methods of treatment...."
Whereas other recent monographs have emphasized the difficulties and problems in diagnosis and therapy, this one proceeds in a practical