July 1952

Bacterial Polysaccharides.

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By Martin Burger. Price, $6.00. Pp. 254, with 48 tables. Charles C Thomas, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1950.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(1):139. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050010155020

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This monograph is concerned principally with the polysaccharides of pathogenic bacteria. The discussion is divided into chapters, in each of which there is a condensed review of the literature pertaining to polysaccharides isolated from related types of bacteria. Each chapter begins with an introductory or historical section. This is followed by sections dealing with isolation, properties, and uses of the polysaccharides. Details concerning procedures for isolation are given in an appendix at the end of the monograph. Emphasis, however, is placed upon immunologic properties rather than upon physicochemical properties of the polysaccharides. In each instance, care is taken to point out the therapeutic and prognostic advantages gained by studies in this field of immunology. Each chapter is terminated by a large number of appropriate references to the literature. The impression is gained that interest in intensive investigation of bacterial polysaccharides subsided as antibiotic and chemotherapeutic drugs were developed. It is

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