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December 31, 1932

Handbook of Bacteriology for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1932;99(27):2288. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740790058036

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The title of this book well describes its purpose, and the author has bravely carried out his intention to keep the volume small and suitable for the busy medical student. In keeping with this plan, emphasis is successfully put on bacterial description and laboratory technic. Theoretical considerations are abbreviated, consistent with the author's statement in the preface that he "believes it is better to be dogmatic, putting forward a probable theory as the correct one, rather than to leave the student confused with the claims of half a dozen rival theories." Not all instructors will agree with this point of view, and the biologist will not concur in the surprising statement that "the strict pathogens appear to have as their chief function the production of disease in man and animals" (p. 149).

The author has consistently endeavored to bring the book down to the present, with the result that the

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