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September 11, 1937

Bacteriology of Specific Communicable Diseases. Handbook of Public Health Bacteriology. General Information Regarding Epidemiology, Collection and Shipment of Specimens, and Bacteriologic, Serologic and Chemical Procedures, 1937

JAMA. 1937;109(11):900. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370066035

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This manual could well serve as a standard for every progressive city or state health department. It is not only a most useful handbook of condensed general information on routine public health work but an epitome of public health laboratory methods. It coordinates the work of the epidemiologist, sanitary inspector, medical man and laboratory technician. A concise practical pocket manual such as this will undoubtedly do much for the successful prosecution of public health work. The information is precisely and clearly stated. The first twelve pages include a list of reportable diseases in California, a table of clinical specimens for laboratory examinations, and explicit instructions on the handling of specimens. The largest part of the manual is devoted to the bacteriology and serology of the communicable infections. A brief consideration of the bacteriology of shell-fish, milk, water and sewage follows. The final chapters discuss chemical procedures performed by the public

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