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This carefully edited book is more comprehensive than its predecessor, which covered the first symposium. It comprises introductory remarks, historical background of antibiotics by S. A. Waksman, and a series of reports presented by experts on various laboratory, medical, veterinary, and agricultural phases of this important field. The papers deal with investigations on new antibiotics, newly isolated relatives of well-known antibiotics, and comparisons with other chemotherapeutic agents and certain hormones and enzymes. Discussions of the changing susceptibility and resistance of pathogenic micro-organisms and of the reactions of patients to antibiotics also are included. Most of the reports contain highly technical information, much of which is chiefly of interest to microbiologists and clinicians engaged in research. The book has both subject and author indexes. The binding and typography are excellent and match those of its predecessor. The book is less likely to appeal to practicing physicians, veterinarians, or agriculturalists than to
Antibiotics Annual 1954-1955: Proceedings of the Second Annual Symposium on Antibiotics, October 25-29, 1954. Washington, D. C. JAMA. 1955;158(8):702. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960080078036
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