Infectious Blood Diseases of Man and Animals: Diseases Caused by Protista, Volume I: Special Topics and General Characteristics focuses on the critical analysis of metabolic, immuno-pathologic, taxonomic, ultrastructural, locomotor, ecologic, zoonotic, and other features of the protistan blood diseases. The selection first offers information on ecology and host-parasite relationship; basis of host cell-parasite specificity; and abrogation of immunological tolerance as a model for autoimmunity. Topics include interactions in disease transmission, types of host-parasite relationship, and experimental abrogation of tolerance. The text then takes a look at autoimmune response and pathogenesis of blood parasite disease and blood parasite antigens and antibodies. The publication examines the zoonotic potential of blood parasites, including diseases caused by bacteria and spirochetes and trypanosomiasis. The text then focuses on the cultivation and nutritional requirements and biological leads to chemotherapy of blood Protista. Discussions focus on organisms developing within the blood cells; energy metabolism and chemotherapeutic targets; and protozoa developing primarily in the plasma. The book is a valuable reference for readers interested in the diseases caused by Protista.