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New editions are often simply new impressions without any additions or changes. Dr. Jordan's work is a new edition in the true sense of the word because it brings all of the subject matter up to date. Because of the advancing knowledge of certain pathogenic bacteria, the chapter on the pneumococcus has been entirely rewritten and that on the meningococcus extensively revised. Those who have followed the large amount of literature concerning the pneumococci during the last two or three years will be astonished to find how briefly and compactly Dr. Jordan has summarized these numerous investigations. Of course, the literature of this subject has been greatly augmented by the recent epidemic of respiratory infections, and no doubt more extensive addition will be required for the next edition of the book. There are also new sections giving brief summaries of our present knowledge of infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and trench
A Text-Book of General Bacteriology.. JAMA. 1919;72(7):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610070055036