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March 1, 1941

Germs and the Man

JAMA. 1941;116(9):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820090103039

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The author attempts to present the main features of bacteriology, immunology, wound healing and the chemical attack on germs in a simple and popular style. The facts supplied are essentially accurate, but at times a certain confusion is in evidence, as is the case in discussing the virus of influenza under the heading "Influenza Bacillus." Indeed, the role of viruses as understood today could well have been the subject of at least one chapter. The scientist who reads this book may be somewhat astonished at some of the chapter headings, such as "The Wily Streptococcus and Its Brother, the Pneumococcus," "Job's Curse, the Staphylococcus, and Some Less Polite Germs" and "Rogues' Gallery." It is also a little extraordinary to find that the staphylococci "belong to the hoi-polloi and have none of the fastidiousness of more refined germs." Possibly such examples, which can be multiplied many times, add to the reader's

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