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July 10, 1954

Introduction to Microorganisms.

JAMA. 1954;155(11):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690290068031

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This book, primarily intended for nurses, presents the basic concepts of microbiology and the relationship of micro-organisms to man and his environment. Minimal attention is given to differential identification of micro-organisms in the laboratory. The public health aspects of infectious diseases are emphasized. The book consists of five main sections dealing respectively with fundamentals of microbiology, bacteria and environment, parasites and the host, the pathogens, and man against parasites. Each section is followed by suggestions for laboratory exercises to supplement the text. An appendix on the use and care of the microscope precedes a general index at the end. Each chapter is followed by a list of references. The book is intended for students with some introductory knowledge of chemistry. A new chapter on parasites as stress agents includes the newer concept of disease as a multiple response or adaptation to environmental stress. Although this concept is presented with the

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