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December 27, 1941

Microbes Which Help or Destroy Us

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520088040

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Abstract

This book is another of the popular presentations of bacteriology as it relates to both the infectious diseases and the various phenomena of bacterial etiology that are beneficial to man. The material is soundly and clearly presented in an informal way and should be readily understood and enjoyed by the intelligent layman. The style is somewhat strained in the attempt to popularize, e. g. "our microscopic pals," but, though slightly irritating to the scientist, is perhaps desirable here. To one trained by systematic study of the bacteria, the organization of the book as a whole seems somewhat confused. For example, a number of chapters intervene between the discussion of water supplies and that of sewage disposal; bacteriophage is discussed in a separate chapter at the end of the book rather than with the viruses; the spirochetes of Weil's disease are widely separated from Treponema. Such an illogical development will, of

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