August 1961

Review of Medical Microbiology.

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Fourth Edition. By Ernest Jawetz, M.D.; Joseph L. Melnick, Ph.D., and Edward A. Adelberg, Ph.D. Price, $5.00. Pp. 376. Lange Medical Publications, P.O. Box 1215, Los Altos, Calif., 1960.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(2):289-290. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010291030

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For several years, I have used the previous editions of this book as a text for pediatric residents who "rotate" through our microbiology laboratory during their training. Almost invariably they have been delighted to discover a book on this subject which was brief, lucid, and seemed written especially for them. This new edition should prove no disappointment to them. Brought up-to-date, it is an authoritative introduction to clinical bacteriology, not a reference work where the details of unusual bugs can be found. It covers more than most pediatricians will want to know about bacterial cytology, metabolism, and genetics. However, most will profit by reading the section on antimicrobial chemotherapy, several times. Similarly, the section on allergy and hypersensitivity will motivate the reader to take a new look at autoimmune disease. To all but the most recent graduates, the sections on fungi and viruses will be fresh and packed with new

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