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June 24, 1939

Clinical Bacteriology

JAMA. 1939;112(25):2629. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800250053036

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This small book was written for the purpose of impressing the reader with the clinical significance of bacteriologic phenomena. There are no references to the literature in the text, and the public health aspects represent the practices in Great Britain rather than those in this country. There are many inaccuracies in the book. For example, in the discussion on tularemia the author states that "the disease has so far been met with only in America." Tularemia was reported in Japan in 1925, Russia in 1928, Norway in 1929, Sweden in 1931 and Austria in 1935. The last chapter deals with normal flora of the body. An appendix includes material on bacteriologic culturing, staining and serologic methods and the preparation of bacterial vaccines and two pages on fungous infections. The illustrations and plates are excellent. This book can be recommended for the physician's library but is inadequate for the medical student.

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