Contents: Preface. I. Phylum Platyhelminthes : 1. Class Trematoda : a. General morphology of digenetic trematodes. b. General account of the 'life-history. c. Key to the families of prosostomata. II. Class Cestoda : a. General morphology of eucestoda. b. General account of the life-history. III. Phylum Nemathelminthes : a. General morphology of nematoda. b. General account of the life-history. IV. Phylum Acanthocephala: 1. Class Metacanthocephala. V. Techniques and methods. Equipment. Collection, preparation and preservation. Preparing helminths for examination. Some other methods for helminths. Serological tests. Formulae. References. Index.
From the preface: "In the present book an attempt has been made to combine two viewpoints. Some 74 species of trematodes, 67 of cestodes and 189 of nematodes are dealt with both as specialized animals and also as parasites which affect domesticated animals and the related economics. In addition, sufficient detail is given to be useful to postgraduate students of biology and veterinary science specializing in helminthology; and to help such students further, a number of selected references have been included at appropriate places in the text.
Another feature of the book is the rather extended chapter dealing with most of the routine and some of the specialized methods and techniques used in the study of helminths. It is imperative that the student should be made familiar with the standard techniques by using them himself, studying live material wherever feasible. Recent years have seen rapid advances in parasitology in general and in helminthology in particular, and in the last three decades or so more advanced techniques have probably been used for studying the helminths that were ever used before. Students will find references to many such techniques cited at the appropriate places, and every effort has been made to keep these references up-to-date. For greater details, the author's previous work on diagnosis of helminth parasites may be consulted (ICAR, 1977)."