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The first edition of this work was published in 1953 as a textbook of bacteriology at the advanced college or beginning graduate level. Little or no consideration was given to other microorganisms or to related subject matter such as bacterial toxins or immunology. This restricted approach has presumably filled a need, for the present edition continues it. The book is now somewhat longer and has been brought up to date in all respects.
The subject matter includes morphology, physical and chemical properties, growth and metabolism, and genetics of bacteria. Lysogeny is discussed in relation to bacteriophage-mediated transduction, but no other viruses are considered. The material is covered competently, and the representation of metabolic pathways is much better than that of the first edition. At the same time, the material is diluted by essentially extraneous considerations of certain aspects of chemistry in connection with staining and basic considerations of permeability. One
Basic Bacteriology: Its Biological and Chemical Background. JAMA. 1960;172(5):507-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020050099033