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May 23, 1925

An Introduction to Practical Bacteriology As Applied to Medicine and Public Health. A Guide to Bacteriological Laboratory Work for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1925;84(21):1593. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660470055037

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This book is what it purports to be—a guide to practical bacteriology for medical students and practitioners. Although it adds one more to the already considerable collection of American, English and German laboratory manuals, it is not unwelcome in a science characterized by almost daily advances in laboratory technic. The manual contains sufficiently complete descriptions of the use of the microscope, the preparation of mediums, staining methods and the principal pathogenic micro-organisms, together with laboratory diagnostic procedures. Special emphasis has been laid on organisms found in tropical diseases. Some of the methods are not those regarded as standard in this country, notably those for the examination of water and milk. The paratyphoid group of bacilli is treated from a point of view different from that taken by Jordan and other American workers. The anaerobic methods, as given, do not include those now in use in most laboratories in this country.

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