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September 26, 1931

Bacteriology Especially Determinative Bacteriology.

JAMA. 1931;97(13):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130057038

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This volume contains the text to correspond with the atlas published about one year ago. It is a translation of the seventh edition of Lehmann and Neumann's well known book. Part I comprises general statements concerning the structure and activities of bacteria and the fundamentals of immunology. This constitutes about one fifth of the entire volume. Part II is devoted to detailed descriptions of bacterial species. The translator apparently is skeptical (if his remarks are properly interpreted) concerning the extreme variability of bacterial strains. The authors' statements on variations and "mutations" should be read by every teacher of bacteriology, particularly if there is any tendency on the part of such a teacher to prepare a textbook for elementary students. Such compilations are necessary even if they do not make entertaining reading, and the translator has done a real service in making the material available in English. Some names appear somewhat

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