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The author states in the preface that he has had seventeen years of experience in working with anaerobes. He has been interested in the classification of anaerobes and is a member of the International Committee on the Classification of Bacteria. The purpose of this manual is to afford a working classification of the anaerobes. The author was urged by his friends in the army to get out rapidly a book which would be helpful to the laboratory staff in classifying anaerobes from various wound infections. This book was put out in response to that demand. The author believes that the three most important features in classifying anaerobes are spore formation, Gram stain and motility. He, of course, takes into account morphology, general physiology, cultural and biochemical reactions, pathogenicity and serologic and immunologic reactions. The book is comprehensive and catalogues the nonsporulating as well as the sporulating anaerobes, cocci, actinomycetes and
Manuel de classification et de determination des bactéries anaérobies. JAMA. 1940;115(15):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410069042
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