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Historical aspects of parasitology

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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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    Authors: Indra G. Rodriguez and Jose R. Loaiza

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:459

    Content type: Review

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  2. In this review article the history of leishmaniasis is discussed regarding the origin of the genus Leishmania in the Mesozoic era and its subsequent geographical distribution, initial evidence of the disease in a...

    Authors: Dietmar Steverding

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:82

    Content type: Review

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  3. When Plasmodium vivax tertian malaria was prevalent in The Netherlands, the use of therapeutic malaria for the treatment of neurosyphilis patients presented an opportunity for biological studies of the parasite’s...

    Authors: Jan Peter Verhave

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:19

    Content type: Review

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  4. The prehistory of African trypanosomiasis indicates that the disease may have been an important selective factor in the evolution of hominids. Ancient history and medieval history reveal that African trypanoso...

    Authors: Dietmar Steverding

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2008 1:3

    Content type: Review

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