Charles Donovan (from the Wellcome Collection, CC BY 4.0 licence)
The history of parasitism is a long one. Parasites first evolved long before humans evolved, and early writings from Egypt mention ones such as roundworms and tapeworms. In the 17th century, scientists such as Francesco Redi and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek began to study them in greater detail and created an early version of parasitology. Following new discoveries, observations, and refinements, the modern field took shape in the 19th century, and since then further advancements have contributed to the field.
The reviews presented in this thematic series explore two historical aspects of parasitism: charting the evolution of certain parasites throughout the years, and examining the history of parasitology in a fascinating journey through the main scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in the discipline.
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