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September 19, 1942

A Textbook of Bacteriology

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By Thurman B. Rice, A.M., M.D., Professor of Bacteriology and Public Health at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 560, with 119 illustrations. Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1942.

JAMA. 1942;120(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380078040

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This book is intended to serve as a practical rather than as a theoretical textbook for beginning students as well as general practitioners of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. The subjects are discussed in a sketchy manner. For example, in the chapter on the typhoid bacillus no mention is made of O and H agglutinins and of Vi antigen. In the discussion on the whooping cough bacillus no mention is made of the phase of the organism. The headings "manner in which disease is produced" and "lesions produced" are used in discussing each of the various pathogenic micro-organisms, but much of the discussion under them is concerned primarily with the clinical course of the disease. In many cases the manner in which disease is produced is unknown and the author offers a single explanation as factual. There are several inaccuracies; for example, on page 296 Vibrion septique is listed as a

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