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April 3, 1943

Texto de bacteriologia

JAMA. 1943;121(14):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840140068026

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This excellent book combines the usual subjects included in general bacteriology with those of infection and resistance. The book is written for students. The authors describe the subjects with great clarity according to established facts. The presentation is excellent, the printing is clear, most of the illustrations are new and the diagrams are didactic. The chapter on Rickettsia, probably the best, reveals familiarity with the subject, certainly not surprising, since typhus fever has been studied in Cuba since 1938.

One would like to see this book improved and enlarged in further editions. The reader may indulgently smile when in the listing of highlights in the history of bacteriology the authors quote the finding of bacillary dysentery in Cuba next to the discovery of sulfonamide compounds and the crystallization of tobacco mosaic virus, but this attitude may change in other passages of the book. The question of size of filtrable viruses—

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