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May 20, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(3):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910380109032

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The authors of this book have presented a comprehensive treatise in microbiology with special orientation toward the role and relationship of micro-organisms in pathogenic processes in man. The first section describes the biology of the protozoa, algae, fungi, bacteria, rickettsia and viruses. It includes sections on cytology, classification, bacterial physiology, interrelationships of micro-organisms, microbial populations and their control. Methods for the study of micro-organisms are given, including microscopy, sterilization, laboratory equipment and culturing, isolation and identification methods. The second part deals with the role of micro-organisms as pathogenic agents in parasitism and disease, immunity, epidemiology and control of disease. A well selected reading list of summarizing references is given, as well as an appendix of technical methods and reagents used in bacteriology, including preparation and use of stains, culture mediums and biochemical tests.

In the authors' own words, "This textbook is intended for the student who will require a comprehensive

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