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January 6, 1940

A Textbook of Microbiology

JAMA. 1940;114(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810010087038

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The recent rapid advances in certain fields included in the science of microbiology necessitate frequent revision of textbooks and somewhat tax the ingenuity of authors in attempting to present new material to elementary students. This is particularly true in the field of viruses. The author of this book has rewritten and enlarged an earlier volume, intended primarily for nurses, in order to include college students as well as to bring the text in line with modern developments. This book differs from others intended for the same purpose mainly in an attempt to discuss the bacteriology of diseases on the basis of "the region of the body principally affected." While this may be fundamentally sound,, it is obvious that certain arbitrary groupings must be made. Meningitis is discussed with eye and ear infections and tuberculosis is assigned a separate chapter. Undulant fever is classed with diseases acquired from animals, and virus

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