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December 11, 1948

The Microscope: Its Theory and Applications

JAMA. 1948;138(15):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900150059031

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A book on the microscope and its use is a welcome addition to the literature. However, the author, who had most of his experience in connection with industrial microscopy, does not meet the needs for an adequate treatise on medical microscopy. The illustrations are of old models and not of up-to-date instruments. Many of them are made from English instruments with which the American physician and microscopist is not acquainted.

The discussion of the fundamental principles of the optics involved, of illumination, is technical and adequate. One chapter contains practical suggestions on the proper use and application of the microscope. The polarizing microscope and micrometry are discussed in separate chapters. Another chapter is devoted to photomicrography, largely as it is employed in industry. Similarly, the two chapters on preparation of specimens for microscopy is written for biologists and physicists rather than for medical workers.

This volume may be of interest

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