by Johannes Storz, Department of Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. xiii + 358 pages, illustrated. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301–327 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62703. 1971. No price
Bacteria belonging to the genus Chlamydia are widely distributed in the animal kingdom and are important pathogens of man and animals. A few strains have served as models of host cell-dependent bacteria and their study has yielded valuable morphologic and biochemical information. Writing a book on these agents and on the diseases that they cause requires an understanding of the biological, medical, and veterinary implications of our knowledge in this field. Johannes Storz fulfills this requirement well.
The first nine chapters are devoted to a discussion of the biology of chlamydial agents. Their morphology and developmental cycle are described in detail, aided, in part, by good illustrations obtained from some of the leading publications. This chapter is followed by one which carefully analyses the enzymatic activities of chlamydiae and another that discusses chemotherapy and its biochemical implications. Other topics, such as cultivation of chlamydial agents and antigenic properties, are discussed adequately in subsequent chapters.