The mechanisms of Acinetobacter virulence are becoming increasingly clear, providing new insights into their pathogenic role in community acquired infections. It is apparent the time is appropriate for detailed review of the increasing knowledge concerning important new information, both clinical and therapeutic, especially information concerning virulence, resistance mechanisms and typing of Acinetobacter spp. Many new findings are accumulating in almost an exponential manner since publication of previous books on this subject in 1991 and 1996.
The volume examines the effects of drugs such as cocaine, morphine, marijuana, and opiates on immunity in humans and animals. It covers the molecular and cellular mechanisms of drug-induced immunosuppression and describes the overall enhanced susceptibility to infection in recreational drug users. It discusses the alteration of susceptibility to the retrovirus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the consensus that drugs of abuse may serve as a possible cofactor in the progression of AIDS. Drugs of Abuse, Immunity, and Infections also includes important information concerning public health aspects of drugs of abuse and infection.