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People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders

Dickson Despommier


This account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites follows the interplay between these fascinating life forms and human society over thousands of years. The book focuses on long-term host-parasite associations, which have evolved to avoid or even subvert the human immune system. Some parasites do great damage to their hosts, while others have signed a kind of “peace treaty” in exchange for their long lives within them. Many parasites also practice clever survival strategies that medical scientists hope to mimic as they search for treatments for Crohn's disease, food allergies, typ ... More

Keywords: parasites, host-parasites, human immune system, survival strategies, Crohn's disease, food allergies, type 1 diabetes, organ transplantation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161947
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dickson Despommier, author