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Nine years have elapsed since the publication of the third edition of this book. The main advances during the intervening years have been in the fields of chemotherapy and antibiotic agents. The changes in the text have been mainly along these lines. The general character of the textbook has been altered by greater attention to bacteriology in man and animals and proportionately lessened emphasis on nonmedical bacteriology. Also, the work has become more a textbook for the postgraduate student, teacher, and investigator, being too big for the undergraduate medical student. The references have been brought up to date and their number increased. The general makeup is the same as before: general and systematic bacteriology, infection and resistance, and the application of bacteriology to medicine and hygiene. The text has been enlarged, and the well-organized index is present in both volumes. This is still a book unique in many ways, distinguished
Topley and Wilson's Principles of Bacteriology and Immunity in Two Volumes. Volumes I and II. JAMA. 1956;160(16):1437. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960510063028
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