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Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Parasitology
A training course with a virtual microscope

Niklaus Weiss, Ph.D., Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and
Emeritus Professor of Medical Parasitology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Joachim Pelikan, Ph.D., Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
eLearning and Knowledge Management

Anne Blonstein, Marc Champion, Martin Dürrenberger, Yvette Endriss, Elisabeth Escher, Hanspeter Marti, Simone Meyer, Heidi Röder, Birgit Rohr, Matthias Widmer

This learning software allows beginners to gain experience in diagnosing the most important helminth and protozoan diseases of humans. For this purpose, one can gain basic knowledge through short overviews of parasites, diseases, diagnostic methods and strategies. Even more important, one can train diagnostic capabilities using a virtual microscope. The course leads the student from basic training to more complicated diagnostic exercises. Our purpose is to facilitate a first approach to Diagnostic Medical Parasitology. This programme cannot replace working with a real microscope or consulting diagnostic textbooks and atlases.