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October 7, 1939

A Fundamental Approach to Bacteriology

JAMA. 1939;113(15):1438. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400066039

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This is an approach to bacteriology primarily through the laboratory. The book is built around laboratory exercises and demonstrations with explanations and description intended to prepare the student for an understanding of the work he is about to perform. The laboratory work covers that usually presented in courses in general bacteriology, and the selection of exercises is excellent. The descriptive matter is presented in a conversational style not infrequently found in secondary school laboratory textbooks in the sciences. Although accurate and sufficient for the purpose of an elementary course in bacteriology, it is doubtful that this method will appeal to most college students. The authors make no claim that the book is more than a laboratory manual written in a somewhat unconventional manner and admit that it does not have the "dignity of the usual text." Both of these statements are true.

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