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August 19, 1939

The History of Bacteriology

JAMA. 1939;113(8):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330077040

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This volume includes the Heath Clark lectures delivered at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1936. Its author prepared "The History of Bacteriology," which appeared in "The System of Bacteriology" published some years ago by the Medical Research Council of Great Britain. In taking up the subject the author considers first ancient doctrines of the nature of contagion; then follows the evolutionary development of our knowledge of bacteriology to the period of classification of bacteria and the history of doctrines of immunity. There are also a bibliography and some excellent biographic notes concerning early workers in the field of bacteriology. These are quoted from a variety of literary sources throughout the world. The book is beautifully printed, handsomely illustrated and indispensable to all who are concerned with the history of the science that it covers.

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