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March 29, 1930

Handbook of Bacteriology for Nurses.

JAMA. 1930;94(13):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710390116031

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The preparation of a textbook of bacteriology for nurses is difficult. The time allotted to the subject in training schools is small, and the scientific background of the prospective nurse is usually a limited one. As in most textbooks of this character, an attempt has been made in the present volume to cover too much material in too short a space. However, the discussions of the various pathogenic bacteria are accurate, although brief. The chapter on bacteria in milk and water should either be enlarged or omitted. The definition of pasteurization as given is not the one in general acceptance. Issue might be taken with certain statements in the more general portion of the book. The statement that "most bacteria thrive best at 37.5 C." refers, of course to pathogenic organisms. It is doubtful whether hydrogen peroxide "is an excellent mouth disinfectant" or whether, as a practical measure, phenol (carbolic

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