Cell Wall Deficient Forms, Third Edition: Stealth Pathogens

Lida H. Mattman

October 26, 2000 by CRC Press
Reference - 448 Pages
ISBN 9780849387678 - CAT# 8767

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Features

  • Contains 79 color photographs illustrating exactly how the variance appears under the microscope
  • Includes a table of diseases caused by L variants
  • Provides a table of organisms that are virulent in L stage
  • Summary

    Numerous infectious diseases are described as idiopathic, meaning that "the cause is a complete mystery." For many idiopathic diseases, the causes become clear when certain techniques are applied to the patient's blood or other tissues. Cell Wall Deficient Forms: Stealth Pathogens, Third Edition describes these techniques. In the case of tuberculosis, a disease that has recently regained importance because the strains have acquired antibiotic resistance, the book describes a method that is widely used abroad. This method typically renders the diagnosis within 72 hours. The book examines a plethora of issues and provides answers to the following questions:
  • What organism should be added to the childhood vaccine, especially for boys?
  • What bacteria in its pleomorphic state is found in direct smears of synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis cases?
  • In which chronic diseases ( presently considered as being of unknown origin) is an acid-fast organism routinely found in smears of 72 hour blood cultures?
  • Which "bacterium" has a life cycle in the human erythrocyte as complex as that of Plasmodium malaria?
  • Which common pathogen's L Form can permanently damage myocardium mammaliam?
    Cell Wall Deficient Forms: Stealth Pathogens, Third Edition discloses significant aspects of microbiology, aspects that are not taught, and which go unrecognized in the clinical laboratory.
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