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September 1, 1934

An Introduction to Practical Bacteriology: A Guide to Bacteriological Laboratory Work

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By T. J. Mackie, M.D., D.P.H., Professor of Bacteriology, University of Edinburgh, and J. E. McCartney, M.D., D.Sc., Director of Research and Pathological Services, London County Council. Fourth edition. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 504, with illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(9):707. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750350071034

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This is one of the best laboratory manuals in the English language. It is clear, concise, accurate and wonderfully abreast of current knowledge. In this edition one even finds a reference to the St. Louis encephalitis epidemic of 1933. There are few things to which the most carping critic can take exception; but

Page 348. Not all bacteriologists agree that "Morgan's bacillus and allied types are responsible for some cases of infantile diarrhea in temperate climates."

Page 371. Tularemia in the United States is not confined to the "Western states" but has been reported from practically every state in the Union and from at least one section of Canada.

Pages 428-429. Recent American work is not given full consideration in the section on typhus fever.

The book as a whole can be given the highest praise.

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