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June 24, 1950

The Examination of Waters and Water Supplies (Thresh, Beale & Suckling)

JAMA. 1950;143(8):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430068040

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Any book on the examination of water will have readers because of the importance of the subject. A book as well written and as inclusive as this one, however, deserves special mention, even though portions of it will have no intrinsic value to the American reader.

Of primary importance to the medical officer will be the discussions of toxicity of various organic and inorganic constituents of water in the chapters dealing with the scope of physical, biologic and chemical examination of water and the chapters on the bacteriologic examinations. The methods of analysis will be of interest to the chemist and the methods of purification to the engineer. All the chapters are readable and well developed.

Unfortunately, the book, being written by the Deputy Director of Water Examination for London, concerns itself with the geology, standards of purity and the accepted methods of analysis of Great Britain. A brief chapter

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