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This little book is the outcome of a study by the author of the literature dealing with spirochetes. In the first part an effort is made to establish the features peculiar to the genus and in the second part the separate species that have been described are considered briefly. There is a rather useful bibliography appended. The illustrations are numerous, usually fairly well executed, but there are some poor ones. The following statement (p. 15) needs revision: "It is also asserted that whereas bacteriolysins are thermostable (not destroyed by heat), the corresponding substances which act as spirilla (spirochetes) are thermolabile, thus resembling the hemolysins." It is generally accepted that bacteriolysins and hemolysins are quite similar in constitution and behavior with respect to heat and other influences. The book should prove useful as a guide to the literature on the spirochetes.
Spirochetes,. JAMA. 1911;LVII(7):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080145028
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