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The title does not reflect the content of the book. A more descriptive title would be "Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures in Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Immunology."
The efforts of 148 authorities have yielded a definitive textbook on diagnostic medical microbiology which deserves the highest praise. The first four chapters encompass the basic activities in a diagnostic microbiological service laboratory. These include, among other topics, general procedures, organization, equipment, materials, and laboratory infections. Formulas and preparation of 116 culture media are dealt with in detail. In each of the 28 chapters the most difficult task was the establishment of one selected method representing the best method for each type of examination, as determined by the consensus of individual experts in the various fields. While all authorities might not agree with the choice, at least the reader is not confused by a multiplicity of diagnostic approaches for a specific organism or specimen.
Henry JB. Diagnostic Procedures and Reagents: Technics for the Laboratory Diagnosis and Control of the Communicable Diseases. JAMA. 1964;190(6):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070190079031