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August 15, 1925

Handbook of Bacteriology for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1925;85(7):540. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670070060040

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In fulfilling the expressed wish to produce a common-sense textbook of bacteriology, the author has omitted historical matter and discussions of disputed points. The first half of the book includes the description of laboratory procedures; the preparation and uses of mediums; technics of animal inoculation; the preparation of vaccines; agglutination and agglutinin absorption tests; opsonic index; bactericidal power of serum; Wassermann and sigma reactions; hemolysis tests; the methods of obtaining clinical material; the procedures used in the identification of pathogenic organisms; bacteriology of milk and water; antiseptics and disinfectants, and a consideration of immunity. The remainder of the book describes the common pathogenic cocci, bacilli, protozoa and fungi, with a chapter on filtrable viruses. The more familiar terms are used throughout, but in the headings these terms are followed by less common ones and by the term recommended by the Committee on Determinative Bacteriology of the Society of American Bacteriologists.

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