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October 7, 1939

Fundamental Principles of Bacteriology with Laboratory Exercises

JAMA. 1939;113(15):1437. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400065036

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This is an interesting attempt to teach general bacteriology to elementary students by a new approach. Most textbooks are written from a taxonomic point of view and consequently tend to overemphasize classification and morphologic and biochemical characteristics of bacteria. The author has successfully avoided this and has chosen a harder but more logical method to present principles that are not only of more interest to the general student but might even be expected to be retained by him for a reasonable time. It is not to be expected that critics will agree entirely with the material selected by the author. To appreciate many of the discussions, something more than elementary courses in inorganic and organic chemistry are required. The book is replete with complicated chemical formulas showing the end products of enzymic action, the structure of dyestuffs and the decomposition products of proteins, organic phosphorus compounds and others. While the

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