September 6, 1952

Grundriss der Mikrobiologie

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Von Dr. August Rippel-Baldes, o. Professor an der Universität Göttingen. Second edition. Cloth. 36 marks. Pp. 404, with 153 illustrations. Springer-Verlag, Reichpietschufer 20, Berlin W. 35 (West-Berlin); Neuenheimer Landstrasse 24, Heidelberg; Göttingen, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680010069036

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In this relatively short book, microbiology is discussed more from a dynamic and biologic viewpoint than as a systematic description of various micro-organisms. The structure and biologic behavior of micro-organisms in general as well as their metabolism, biochemical activities, and especially their enzymology are discussed with great emphasis, whereas diagnostic points are only mentioned in passing. The long final chapter deals with the place of micro-organisms in nature and their relation to the human being. The discussion of their pathogenicity is kept in the background; therefore, the book is of less value medically than from a biologic, chemical, or agricultural point of view. It is well illustrated and printed. The organization of the material is excellent. The diction is a bit clumsy in places. References are made to the German, English, and French literature. Although this book will be of little practical value to the physician, he may find it

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