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New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People - Robert S. Desowitz A chapter on tapeworms, sleeping sickness, river blindness, schistosomiasis, babesisosis, and guiardia...what's not to like? I had to read this twice because it was so entertaining and covered so much ground that after I read it the first time, I realized I didn't remember half of it! There is discussion of the evolutionary relationship between humans and their parasites, natural history of certain parasites, oddly enough, the benefits conferred by parasites, and how political actions and public works can exacerbate or mitigate parasites. There is also some discussion of misunderstanding between different cultures and its effect on the effort to control parasitism.