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May 19, 1945

Elements of Bacterial Cytology

JAMA. 1945;128(3):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200082037

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Abstract

This is a detailed and critical treatment of bacterial structure. The author, who has an exceptional background in physical chemistry in addition to cytology, has avoided and revealed many pitfalls in a difficult subject. He has drawn on recent knowledge gained with the electron microscope. The medical bacteriologist will be disappointed, however, to find almost no use made of the great contributions of immunochemistry and the chemistry of pathogenic bacteria to the composition of the bacterial cell wall and capsule. It is regrettable too that the treponemes are described as possessing axial filaments and no flagella; recent work with the electron microscope has shown both these accepted beliefs to be in error. The specialist and graduate student in general bacteriology will find in this book critical insights into bacterial morphology and the structural basis of bacterial function and, in addition, many problems in need of critical review.

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