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July 25, 1931

Handbuch der pathogenen Mikroorganismen.

JAMA. 1931;97(4):272. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730040054038

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The monograph on bacterial dysentery by Lentz and Prigge follows established lines. The senior author is a veteran worker in this field and has made important contributions to the bacteriology of dysentery over a period of nearly thirty years. It was to be expected that the article would show a soberly critical judgment and a wide familiarity with the voluminous literature —it contains a bibliography of over sixty pages. This expectation has been amply justified. The exposition is clear, comprehensive and sound. The four best known types of dysentery bacilli—Shiga, Flexner, Sonne and Schmitz—are clearly recognized and defined. In common with most bacteriologists the authors believe that the occurrence of numerous agglutinogenic variations is without practical significance. The wide penumbra of "paradysentery" and "pseudodysentery" bacilli is dealt with briefly and discriminatingly. The case for bacteriophage therapy is regarded as still unproved.

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