Ref: Meena GS. A Dictionary of Entomology, 2003 (Book Review). Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Book Reviews, 2004; Vol. 3, No. 2 (July - December 2004): ; Published November 12, 2004, (Accessed:
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A Dictionary of Entomology, 2003 by Gordon Gordh and David H. Headrick, soft cover, 6.5"x9.5"
CABI Publishing, CAB International, 10 East 40th Street, Suite 3203, New York, NY10016, USA . Tel: +1 212 481 7018. Toll Free: +1 800 528 4841. Fax: +1 212 686 7993. E-mail: email@example.com
x + 1032 Pages: Publication Date: May 1, 2003: ISBN 0851996558: Price $ 75.00 [Hardcover $140.00 ]
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A Dictionary of Entomology (ADE) is the result of more than 25 years of hard work and dedication by Gordon Gordh. Initially he collected the terms on index cards before transferring them to computer. David H. Headrick assisted Gordon Gordh in this endeavor. The term dictionary in general connotes the alphabetically arranged listing of words with their meaning, authentic information in brief with, but to my pleasant surprise the ADE which contains about 43,000 definitions and 28,000 terms, names and phrases used in entomology is a sort of encyclopedia for many of the terms. For the chemicals and insecticides used in entomology the description includes history, chemical names, list of generic compounds, mechanism of action, symptoms, treatment, management of poisoning and cross references for the related terms. The terms listed includes from the major sub disciplines of entomology e.g. behavioral, biochemistry, ecology, morphology, physiology, taxonomy etc. Terms from the newer branches of entomology and molecular biology have also been included.
ADE gives common names of insects, with their taxonomic classification, the origin of the terms borrowed and used from other languages. It also provides details of scientists in the field of entomology.
I could find almost all the terms related to medical entomology with an exception of "chiggerosis" though "chigger" was there. Some of the terms have been very clearly explained like propagative, cyclopropagative, cyclodevelopmental modes of transmission etc. To my surprise many disease related terms in ADE briefly describes the clinical features, symptoms, treatment, as well as vector control measures.
There are two appendices containing references (1) Journal titles that are abbreviated in the text. (2) List of common names and their references.
The ADE having 1,037 pages is more than a complete reference book. It should appeal to researchers, professionals and students of entomology and related fields. Public health professionals dealing with prevention and control of tropical and arthropod borne diseases will also find this book extremely useful.
Dr Gajendra Singh Meena was born on 25th December 1955 at pink city Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. He did his first twelve years of studies at Jaipur and medical graduation as well as post-graduation both from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMSONIAN, 1974 Batch).
He has worked at AIIMS in ICMR Project, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi Dr. S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He has more than seventeen years of UGs & PGs teaching experience as a faculty member in Community Medicine (Preventive and Social Medicine).
Presently he is working as Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. He has published ten papers, attended a dozen conferences, and presented papers there. His fields of research interests are prevention and control of communicable diseases and Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases.
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