Until the mid-1950's it was assumed by biologists and physicians that the only amoeba that endangered human comfort is the one that infects the digestive tract, causing amoebic dysentery in the susceptible and unwary tourist exposed to its more virulent varieties. Although that one, known to biologists as Entamoeba histolytica, sometimes escapes to the other parts of the body to cause sores and disturbances, it rarely causes death of its host, being a generally "well-behaved" parasite.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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Bovee, Eugene C.
"Amoebas That Can "Blow Your Mind","
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 13
, Article 3.
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