Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This small book is a worthy companion to the author’s earlier volume “The Biochemistry of Intracellular Parasites.” Its subject is the group of infectious agents which cause psittacosis and ornithosis in birds, trachoma, lymphogranuloma venereum, inclusion conjunctivitis and pneumonitis in humans and enteritis, encephalitis, enzootic abortion, pneumonitis and meningopneumonitis in other mammals. Dr. Moulder’s thesis is that these obligate intracellular parasites are essentially bacteria and not viruses.

With this in mind he reviews the morphology, growth characteristics, chemical composition and metabolic properties of these agents, including the effects of sulfonamides and antibiotics on metabolism and morphology. His summary of evidence to the effect that these microorganisms are highly adapted bacteria is thoroughly convincing. Since this book went to press, discoveries with respect to energy-yielding metabolic reactions in members of this group further substantiate his conclusions in this regard.


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