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July 7, 1978

Gonorrhoea: Epidemiology and Pathogenesis

Author Affiliations

Berkeley, Calif


(symposium, London, Nov 15-16, 1976), by F. A. Skinner, P. D. Walker, and H. Smith, 255 pp, with illus, $21.50, New York, Academic Press, 1977.

JAMA. 1978;240(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290010065033

This small, well-organized book embraces a compendium of papers presented at a symposium on gonorrhea, conducted by the Society for General Microbiology and the Society for Applied Bacteriology. Thirty writers contribute 16 articles on gonorrhea, encompassing epidemiology, diagnostic techniques, pathogenesis, immunology, and therapy.

The opening pages discuss epidemiology and seem too brief and cursory. The rest of the book adequately covers some important topics in gonorrhea research: cultural methods for identification of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, serological methods, typing, the method of gonococcal attachment to mucosal surfaces, in vivo and in vitro properties of gonococci, the gonococcal infectious process, drug resistance, and immunization experiments utilizing man, chimpanzees, guinea-pigs, and rabbits.

The reader will realize the importance of the research now under way. Gonorrhea continues to resist control with today's tools. Successful results with research described in this text could provide the additional tools required to eliminate this stubborn disease. First, refinements in