Medical science degree taster – parasitology
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Malgorzata Rekas, De Montfort University
Marilena Ioannou, De Montfort University
Peter Gale, Department of Microbiology, Leicester Royal Infirmary
College, University, Specialist
58 light microscope photographs of 21 parasites.
The study of parasites – or parasitology – is perhaps one of the most fascinating area of medicine or a medical science degree. The subject covers the relationship between parasitic organisms and their hosts – be they human or animal. Thus in both human and veterinary medicine, understanding the life cycle of parasites, their means of infecting their host and the clinical picture, is important for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Parasites are either microscopic or macroscopic organisms and often evolve innovative strategies for infecting and overcoming host natural defences. Our bodies react as an attempt to eradiate the parasite and this presents as symptoms, for example vomiting or diarrhoea.
Whilst healthy individuals may be host to parasites more common than they think, in malnourished or susceptible individuals, parasite infection can be life threatening.
The British Society for Parasitology brings together specialist and amature parasitologists from the UK and around the globe to share research news and information.
This series of photographs of 21 different parastites under the light microscope is freely available to use as part of teaching or student work, and is licenced under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA). All we ask is you attribute us.