Anaerobic Bacteriology in Clinical Medicine

by A. Trevor Willis, M.D., B.S. (Melb.), Ph.D. (Leeds), M.C.Path., M.C.P.A., Reader in Microbiology, Monash University, formerly Lecturer in Bacteriology, University of Leeds. xiv + 234 pages, illustrated, second edition. Butterworth Inc., Washington. 1965. $8.50

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  • Department of Pathology Charity Hospital, and Department of Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Anaerobic bacteriology in clinical medicine presents ways of meeting the problems offered by anaerobic bacteria in a very practical manner.

The general outline of discussion follows that pursued in the 1960 first edition:

  1. 1.Methods of Growing Anaerobes
  2. 2.Media
  3. 3.Examination and Identification of Anaerobes
  4. 4.Characteristics of the Pathogenic Anaerobes
  5. 5.Anaerobic Infections
  6. 6.Toxicology of Anaerobes

Chapter 1 on methods has been little changed from the first edition. The various ways of producing anaerobiosis are presented and the advantages of each specified.

Chapter 2 gives the formula and method of preparation of several media not mentioned in the first edition. The most important of these may be the Tryptic broth and the Pancreatic Extract supplement.

The Ellner Medium which promotes sporulation of Clostridium welchii (English terminology) may be the answer to a very real need.

A section “Media for Anaerobic Cocci” has been included in the revision.

Chapter 3, “Examination and Identification of Anaerobes,” follows the earlier edition in general.