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May 3, 1919

Principles of Bacteriology.

JAMA. 1919;72(18):1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610180060030

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It is difficult to write in an elementary manner and avoid loose statements. In trying to condense the subject of pathogenic bacteriology to 200 pages for the use of nurses in training, the author has at times not been able to circumvent this difficulty. In general, the material is well chosen for instructional purposes, but it would have been better to expand the discussions of the more common diseases and omit the rarer ones and the essentially animal infections. The paragraph on the paratyphoid group is certainly too brief, while symptomatic anthrax might have been left out. The four sentences on Bacillus botulinus do not give a correct impression. The chapters on bacteriologic technic contain well selected and adequate material.

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