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January 24, 1931

A System of Bacteriology in Relation to Medicine.

JAMA. 1931;96(4):293. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720300063034

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These two latest volumes in the important system being prepared under the auspices of the Medical Research Council cover organisms that have had much attention in recent years. The chapters are quite as adequate as those on bacteria considered in the previous volumes. Thus, the section on diphtheria has excellent material on the serum treatment, the incidence and spread, the prevention, and the use of the Schick test as concerned in this disease. The literature is thoroughly reviewed and the literary references are adequate. There is discussion of the use of toxoid and of the use of toxin antitoxin, and brief mention of some of the unfortunate accidents that have occurred with the latter preparation when improperly prepared or administered. The section on tuberculosis is made up of the contributions of numerous writers who have specialized in various aspects of the subject. As might be expected, the chapter on the

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