Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Environment and vector-borne diseases, with reference to climatic variability. 3. Classification and identification of medically important arthropods. 4. Major insect vectors and pests of public health importance: zoogeography, biology and ecology. 5. Other insects of less acknowledged public health importance. 6. Non-insect arthropods of medical importance. 7. Envenomation and vectorization in arthropods. 8. Pest/vector control and management. 9. Major vector-borne diseases prevalent in India. 10. Less prevalent vector-borne diseases. 11. Vector-borne diseases recently eradicated from India. 12. Vector-borne diseases threatening to re-emerge in India. 13. Vector-borne diseases prevalent outside India. 14. Haematophagus insects and the HIV/AIDS transmission: any connection? 15. Insects in medico-legal investigations. 16. Mimicry in medically important arthropod groups. 17. Medicinal insects. References. Glossary, abbreviations and acronyms. Index.
"Medical entomology has in course of time undergone a transformation from a mere traditional knowledge of the discipline to the one that stresses emphatically on harvesting a plethora of insects’ infinite ‘biomedical’ properties. Our familiarity with the medically important insects and other arthropods has, therefore, been expanded in this book to explore unlimited biomedical significance of these tiny yet most successful creatures on earth with about four million species. In addition to having a first-hand information on the pestilent/vectorial importance of arthropods, particularly various vector-borne infections, an ingenious attempt has been made to unveil their medicinal value in different contexts. Having au fait with the fact that environment plays a key role in regulating disease epidemiology of a given vector-borne infection, adequate emphasis is laid to trace the various pathways governing the linkages amongst the vector-pathogen-host-triad. The book offers a detailed account of various poisonous and injurious arthropods, along with the venoms’ action on the human being. The book should hopefully serve a good purpose to both the students of zoology and medicine as well as professional researchers."