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March 23, 1940

Handbook of Bacteriology for Students and Practitioners of Medicine

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By Joseph W. Bigger, M.D., Sc.D., F.R.C.P.I., Professor of Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine, University of Dublin. Fifth edition. Cloth. Price, $4.25. Pp. 466, with 100 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120077045

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This book was undertaken to supply the need for a shorter textbook in bacteriology suitable for medical students and for practitioners who have not specialized in bacteriology. The author endeavors to present the practical aspects of the subject, to reduce the theoretical, and to emphasize the fact that bacteria are important to the physician not in themselves but only as the causes of disease. The student will find here the more important factors relating to bacteria as they affect man. If, when he assimilates the contents of this book, he wishes to learn still more bacteriology, he should consult a larger text-book. This book has come to be used in medical schools in various parts of the world. It has reached the fifth edition in a period of thirteen years and has been translated into the Spanish language. The present edition incorporates the new work in bacteriology which appears to

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