A. Reist, Zürich, Editor. Volume 11, Zum Problem der Toxoplasmose. “Die Laboratoriumsdiagnostik der Toxoplasmose,” by W. Roth, Basel; and “The Importance of Latent Maternal Infection with Toxoplasma in Obstetrics,” by Josef A. Čech and Otto Jírovec, Prague. 90 + iv pages, paper covers. Basel (Schweiz) and New York, S. Karger, 1961. Sfr. 17.70
The author of the first article introduces his subject by pointing out the various manifestations of toxoplasmosis which so often make it difficult to diagnose. This is followed by descriptions of the morphology of Toxoplasma in stained preparations and in the living state. Behavior in laboratory animals and maintenance of strains are discussed. Methods of demonstration of the parasite from clinical material are presented; these include inoculation of laboratory animals, chicken eggs and tissue culture. The section on serologic methods deals with the rabbit neutralization test, complement-fixation test, Sabin-Feldman dye-test and the toxoplasmin skin test. Each of these is briefly described and commented upon. Interpretation of the results obtained with serologic tests is discussed in some detail, principally with reference to the dye-test and complement-fixation test.