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May 1940

Handbook of Public Health Bacteriology and Chemistry

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(5):1158. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990160232019

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This is the second edition of a manual which was received with enthusiasm by laboratory workers when it first appeared in 1937. The book fills the need of technicians for a brief outline of laboratory procedures essential in public health and hospital work. The laboratory procedures to be followed in connection with the control of communicable diseases are especially well described. Inclusion of formulas for special bacteriologic culture mediums is a feature which rounds out the handbook and is a valuable time saver. The second edition is more complete than the first and includes recent developments in public health laboratory technic.

The book is of more value to technicians in small laboratories, where they are required to carry out a wide variety of work, than to those in large laboratories, where they are assigned to specialized procedures. The directions are concisely written, and the handy pocket size of the publication

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