This publication is a collection of essays on the biology of intracellular parasitisms where both bacterial and protozoan parasites are discussed. The juxtaposition of authors representing fields of research emphasizes the many common problems facing intracellular parasites and the hosts that harbor them. In addition, numerous illustrations of how different parasites and host attempt to solve these problems in different ways are provided. The book includes one or more chapters on Bdellovibrio, Chlamydia, Rickettsia, Coxiella, Legionella, Shigellae, Mycobacterium, Microsporidium, Plasmodium, and Toxoplasma. The authors frequently speculate and generalize on the subject matter discussed.

Chapter 1 -- Polyphyletic Origin of Bacterial Parasites /W. G. Weisburg -- Chapter 2 -- Cell Envelope Modifications Accompanying Intracellular Growth of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus /E. G. Ruby -- Chapter 3 -- The Host Cell /Host Immune Responses and the Intracellular Growth of Chlamydia /G. I. Byrne -- Chapter 4 -- Antigenic Variation of Chlamydia trachomatis /R. S. Stephens -- Chapter 5 -- Rickettsia rickettsii: An Enigmatic Pathogen /D. J. Silverman -- Chapter 6 -- The Rickettsia - Host Interaction /D. H. Walker -- Chapter 7 -- A Preview of Rickettsial Gene Structure and Function /D. O. Wood -- Chapter 8 -- Persistent Infection with Coxiella burnetii in vitro and in vivo /O. G. Baca -- Chapter 9 -- Genetic Diversity of Coxiella burnetii /L. P. Mallavia and J. E. Samuel -- Chapter 10 -- Molecular Strategies for Uptake and Intraphagosomal Growth of Coxiella burnetii in Non-Immune and Immune Hosts /J. C. Williams, T. F., McCaul, H. A. Thompson, and D. M. Waag -- Chapter 11 -- The Immunobiology of Legionella pneumophila /M. A. Horwitz -- Chapter 12 -- Intracellular Parasitism of Shigellae /T. L. Hale -- Chapter 13 -- The Interaction of Mycobacterium leprae with the Immune System in Man and Experimental Animals /M. J. Colston -- Chapter 14 -- Microsporidian Spores as Missile Cells /E. Weidner -- Chapter 15 -- Protein Transport and Membrane Biogenesis in Malaria-Infected Erythrocytes /M. Jungery and J. K. Griffiths -- Chapter 16 -- Interactions of Malaria Parasites and Their Host Erythrocytes /A. Kilejian -- Chapter 17 -- Sexual and Mosquito Stages of Plasmodium falciparum /J. F. G. M. Meis and T. Ponnudurai -- Chapter 18 -- Active Modification of Host Cell Phagosomes by Toxoplasma gondii /L. D. Sibley -- Chapter 19 -- Biology of Toxoplasma gondii Host Cell Entry — The Role of Recognition and Attachment for Invasion of Host Cells /R. Werk -- Index.