© 2002


  • Theresa M. Koehler
  • First and only comprehensive overview of scientific facts of Anthrax


Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 271)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. P. Keim, K. L. Smith
    Pages 21-32
  3. A. M. Friedlander, S. L. Welkos, B. E. Ivins
    Pages 33-60
  4. D. B. Lacy, R. J. Collier
    Pages 61-85
  5. A. Fouet, S. Mesnage
    Pages 87-113
  6. C. Guidi-Rontani, M. Mock
    Pages 115-141
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 165-172

About this book


Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax in all mammals, including humans. Depending upon the route of entry of B. anthracis spores, infection can result in cutaneous lesions, which are readily treatable with antibiotics, or systemic lethal disease, which is nearly always fatal. The continuing worldwide incidence of anthrax in animal populations, the risk of human infection associated with animal outbreaks, and the threat of use of B. anthracis as a biological weapon warrant continued investigation of this organisms and its virulence mechanims. Furthermore, B. anthracis is an excellent model system for inverstigation of virulence gene expression by bacteria.


antibiotics bacillus anthracis aro-mutants bacillus anthracis spores bacillus anthracis vaccines bacillus cereus bacteria biological weapon bioterrorism gram-positive bacteria infection lethal toxin

Editors and affiliations

  • Theresa M. Koehler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Texas — Houston Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Anthrax
  • Editors T.M. Koehler
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-43497-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-07799-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-05767-4
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 172
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Microbiology
    Infectious Diseases
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From the reviews:

"Interest in anthrax largely occurs in waves as international concern over its intentional release waxes and wanes. This monograph concentrates on research from 1990s with a fascinating historical introduction … . A highly readable short book that provides an authoritative account of the current status of anthrax and highlights the need for further work in several areas." (Fergus Priest, Microbiology Today, Vol. 30, 2003)

"Last year Bacillus anthracis rose to sad eminence by the bioterrorist attacks in the United States. This is already mentioned in this volume of Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology which comprises a wealth of data from the early beginning of research to the present day. … The book, written by 13 authors, came in the very nick of time and it links together in a laudable manner history and state-of-the-art research." (W. Köhler, International Journal of Medical Microbiology, Issue 5-6, 2002)