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March 4, 1933

Bacteriology for Nurses with a Laboratory Manual.

JAMA. 1933;100(9):690. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090062040

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This is a well conceived and well written textbook. Following brief chapters dealing with the historical phases of bacteriology, the general characteristics of micro-organisms and the fundamentals of infection and resistance, the greater portion of the book is devoted to the bacteriology of communicable diseases classified on the basis of methods of transmission and with particular emphasis on facts that are of value to nurses. A few statements are open to criticism. Toxins are classed as waste products of bacterial growth, colds are definitely stated to be due to a filtrable virus, and Bacillus enteritidis is the only member of the paratyphoid group mentioned in connection with food poisoning. The relative insignificance of these criticisms indicates the success the author has attained. The illustrations are considerably above the average of those found in most textbooks. A laboratory manual is included.

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