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November 27, 1937

A Text-Book of Medical Bacteriology

JAMA. 1937;109(22):1842. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780480074038

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The author states that this book is an outline of the medical aspects of bacteriology. With this aim it of necessity straddles the two fields and is unable therefore to do complete justice to either bacteriology or medicine. As an example of its partial inadequacy from a bacteriologic standpoint is the omission of any description of the Barber single cell method of isolating bacteria in the discussion of pure cultures. Certain advantages, however, are evident. Chemotherapy with sulfanilamide for streptococcic infections is mentioned briefly but is already out of date. With the admirable brevity often characterizing the English textbooks, the author has been able to discuss general bacteriology from the standpoints of biology, infection, immunity and so on, systematic bacteriology including the more important bacterial diseases, filtrable virus, bacteriophage and the bacteriology of water, milk and shell-fish. Finally there are three chapters on technic which might well be placed perhaps

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