Book gathers all knowledge of all arthropod-related diseases

Publicação: 12 de December de 2016

Entomologist Carlos Brisola Marcondes compiled everything since the history to disease control using papers from all over the world

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645 pages of history, evolution cycle, vectors, diagnostic, treatment, epidemiology and disease control

The book “Diseases Transmitted and Caused by Arthropods” [Doenças Transmitidas e Causadas por Artrópodes, in Brazilian Portuguese], published by Atheneu publisher in 2009, has its origins in an observation: there were no books in Portuguese that included and assessed diseases related to these animals. However, the editor, entomologist Carlos Brisola, went beyond and realized there were no similar works even in English. This was the birth of “Arthropod Borne Diseases”, gathering updated information about the theme and researches from 58 experts from several countries (Brazil, Argentina, USA, France, England, Australia, etc.) and is published by Springer.

The book has 645 pages with history de ion, evolutionary cycle, the vectors, diagnostic, treatment, epidemiology and disease control. The only animals left out of the piece were some venomous arthropods as spiders, bees and scorpions. The 38 chapters bring related bibliography and the author’s e-mails, to be contacted in case of questions.

“I hope this book can help solve problems related to these diseases and save lives. Knowledge tends to be disperse and is not always shown in an organized and efficient way; a piece like this will certainly be of great use”, explains Doctor Brisola.

The book stresses that arthropod borne diseases are present in every region of the world, even surprising professionals by being found in non-endemic regions – as Chagas disease in Spain and visceral leishmaniasis in Finland. The author and his collaborators believe this work will be key in all hospitals, clinics and medical libraries in the world – and not only during times of greater incidence of the diseases.

“Even diseases as dengue are only remembered in the summer, when people go out fighting the mosquito, and then everyone becomes quiet waiting for the number of cases to rise. It is very common for the population, and even health authorities, to say ‘this does not happen around here’, remaining in ‘the happiness that arises from ignorance’. What is not seeked is never found”, he alerts.

To acquire the full book or separate chapters, access http://www.springer.com/in/book/9783319138831