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Helminthology is the study of parasitic worms. This field deals with the study of their taxonomy and the effect on their hosts.
The origin of the first compound of the word is from the Greek ἕλμινς - helmins (root: helminth-), meaning "worm".
In the 18th and early 19th century there was wave of publications on helminthology in the 19th and at the beginning of the 19th century that has been described as “Golden Era” of helminthology. During that period the authors William Blaxland Benham, Peter Simon Pallas, Marcus Elieser Bloch, Otto Friedrich Müller, Johann Goeze, Friedrich Zenker, Carl Asmund Rudolphi and Johann Gottfried Bremser started systematic scientific studies of the subject.