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July 25, 1959


JAMA. 1959;170(13):1610. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130114032

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This book should be welcomed by all whose attempts to keep pace with the rapid developments in modern bacteriophage research have been frustrated by an overwhelming array of special articles and reviews. This is the first attempt in over 30 years to bring the knowledge of bacterial viruses under one cover. The book was essentially completed by the author before his untimely death. Its eventual posthumous publication was made possible through the cooperation of a number of specialists who helped to edit the completed chapters and finish the uncompleted ones. The result is a well-written book. With remarkable ease of presentation and readability, a complete perspective of the field is unfolded. The bacterial viruses are first considered as organisms; their chemical, morphologic, and antigenic properties and how they are affected by physical and chemical agents is described. Then follows a detailed account of various phenomena which result from the interaction

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