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May 20, 1939

Bacteriology for Medical Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1939;112(20):2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800200086032

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This pocket size book is well written and is in accordance with current thought in the field of bacteriology. A systematic and rational nomenclature has been followed which arranges the various kinds of bacteria in as many broad groups of genera as there are clear and constant group differences. In place of the indefinite names, such as Bacillus welchii and Bacillus melitensis, the author uses Clostridium welchii, Brucella melitensis, Pasteurella pestis and so on, names which differentiate and place each of the species in a definite group. Numerous tables separate species of like organisms. Particular attention is given to the practical interpretation of laboratory tests. The author feels that a knowledge of the contents of his book, supplemented by practical work and lectures, will sufficiently equip a student for the bacteriologic aspect of medical practice, although wider reading is advocated, especially on parts of the subject the student finds most

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