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Cell Wall Deficient Forms

Stealth Pathogens, 3rd Edition

By Lida H. Mattman

CRC Press

448 pages

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pub: 2000-10-26
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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.

  • Table of Contents



    Comparing Mycoplasma and CWD Forms

    Properties and Peculiarities

    Composition of wall-deficient forms

    Disclosures by Electron Microscopy

    Public Health and Nosocomial Facets


    Induction by Antibiotics, Organic Compounds, and Miscellaneous Factors

    Reversion and Revertants

    Septicemia and Cardiopathies

    Intracellular Growth of CWD Forms

    L Forms in Thrombi

    Urinary Tract Infections

    Listeria Monocytogenes Studies

    Latency and Persistence

    Meningitis and Associated Conditions

    Rheumatic Fever and Erysipelas

    Joint and Bone Disease

    Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and the Atypicals



    Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

    Characteristics of Filtrable Forms


    Toxin Formation


    Sensitivity to Antimicrobial Agents

    Miscellaneous Diseases and Malfunctions





    Soil Microorganisms

    Microbes and Malignancies

    Artifacts and Contaminants

    The Placenta

    Media, Methods, and Stains


    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
    MEDICAL / Pathology
    SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
    SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General