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December 24, 1910

A Text-Book of Bacteriology.

JAMA. 1910;55(26):2265. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330260073037

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This book might well have the title "Medical Bacteriology," inasmuch as the subject is discussed from the medical standpoint—the actual relation of bacteriology to medicine. Only one section of about fifty pages is devoted to the bacteria in air, soil, water, and milk—non-pathogenic organisms. The remaining 660 pages are devoted to the pathogenic germs, their morphology, biology, and methods of study. Thirty pages are devoted to diseases of unknown etiology, such as rabies, small-pox, acute anterior poliomyelitis, measles, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and foot and mouth diseases which are probably of bacterial origin, but in which the germ is as yet ultramicroscopic. The book is adapted more to advanced courses in bacteriology than to introductory courses. The language used is highly technical and the discourse exceedingly technical, The student of medicine who has been properly prepared to carry on the study as outlined in the book will profit from it—but

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