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October 27, 1934

A Textbook of Bacteriology with a Section on Pathogenic Protozoa. The Application of Bacteriology and Immunology to the Etiology, Diagnosis, Specific Therapy and Prevention of Infectious Diseases for Students and Practitioners of Medicine and Public Health

JAMA. 1934;103(17):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750430063038

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It will repay any one to read the nineteen page outline of the history and scope of bacteriology that is the opening chapter in this book. It takes one as it were to a mountain peak from which one sees the most prominent discoveries in this field of science without having the attention drawn to myriads of technical details. It takes one back to ancient days, when the rising of bread and the transformation of grape juice into wine excited wonder. It leads then to mere opinions and theories of the causes of disease, some of which later were proved correct, following the discovery of the compound microscope by Jansen in Holland and Galileo in Italy, early in the seventeenth century. Then Leeuwenhoek discovered bacteria and Pasteur completed his studies on fermentation and established the principles of scientific investigation, which have influenced research ever since. Then came the discoveries of

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