Biology of Antibiotics

  • Hans Zähner
  • Werner K. Maas

Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 1-6
  3. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 7-14
  4. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 15-33
  5. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 34-61
  6. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 62-96
  7. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 97-113
  8. Hans Zähner, Werner K. Maas
    Pages 114-122
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-125

About this book


This book is based on Hans Zahner's Biologie der Antibiotica, published in 1965. There is a vast literature on antibiotics, covering chemical, phar­ macological, and clinical aspects. We have made no attempt to cover this literature comprehensively. Our effort is directed toward discuss­ ing antibiotics as biological agents. They are substances produced by living cells, yet they are able to inhibit the growth of living cells - in many cases even the cells that produce them. We have taken this apparent biological paradox as our point of departure and have tried to look in this light at the production of antibiotics and at their mode of action. In a sense antibiotics are comparable to mutations. They are useful as tools in the study of metabolism by blocking specific reactions. At the same time their mode of origin and their effects on the organisms that produce them are interesting problems in their own right. We have tried to incorporate both aspects into our consider­ ations. This little book, designed for biology students and medical stu­ dents, provides them with a framework into which to fit more specialized and detailed information on antibiotics.


antibiotics biology drug drug resistance growth metabolism mutation research resistance synthesis

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Zähner
    • 1
  • Werner K. Maas
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für MikrobiologieUniversität TübingenWest Germany
  2. 2.New York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-90034-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9373-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0073-1595
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