Book Reviews
August 1945

Microbial Antagonisms and Antibiotic Substances.

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By Selman A. Waksman, Ph.D., Sc.D. Price, $3.75. Pp. 350, with 34 figures and 48 tables. New York: The Community Fund, 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(2):129. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020200073011

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This volume of 350 pages is a timely contribution to the subject of antibiotic substances, produced by microorganisms—bacteria, fungi, etc.—penicillin, tyrothrycin streptomycin and others. The author surveys the field and calls attention to the natural habits of microorganisms: how they are held at bay by natural substances produced by other forms of life; how they get along with each other under varying circumstances, sometimes in symbiotic relation and at other times as direct parasites; the reactions which tend to bring about the latter condition; how these antagonist reactions are affected when many types of organisms are present, and what effect they have on disease-producing conditions in man. He considers organisms in themselves—bacteria as well as fungi—their nature, their habitat and their method of bringing about their antagonistic action to micro-organisms and related subjects. It is an interesting volume, one that is complete and up-to-date and written by some one who

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