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May 19, 1928

An Elementary Text Book of General Microbology.

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By Ward Giltner, Professor of Bacteriology and Hygiene, Michigan State College. Cloth. Price, $3.50 net. Pp. 471, with 99 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Company, 1928.

JAMA. 1928;90(20):1658. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690470064045

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This elementary textbook differs from other books with a similar purpose in laying more stress on the study of yeasts and molds and in emphasizing the practical applications of what the author calls "microbology." The general properties of ultrasomes, bacteria, yeasts and molds are first discussed. While this is a logical sequence, it may be doubted from a pedagogic standpoint whether the elementary student should be first introduced to the ultramicroscopic organisms whose presence and significance are perhaps most difficult to demonstrate to him. The technical applications of microbology are well and sufficiently treated. The microbial infections are adequately presented, but it seems unnecessary to include so many in a book intended for beginners and particularly for agricultural students. Bergey's classification and nomenclature of micro-organisms has been consistently followed. The author has evidently taken pains to include definitions of all terms used in the field of microbology. Some sympathy may

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