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June 27, 1903

Bacteria in Daily Life.

JAMA. 1903;XL(26):1786. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490260018009

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This little volume, written by the wife of a well-known English scientist, gives in popular and easily-comprehended language a large amount of information in regard to the subjects of bacteria, hygiene, pathology, etc. Necessarily with such a progressive science it is here and there a little behind the times, and in a few places already requires revision. For example, there is nothing said in regard to the fact that antivenene antitoxin offers only a very imperfect immunity, if any at all, to the chief constituent of the toxin of viperine snakes. One would understand from this book that it was equally efficient with all venoms alike. There are one or two other little points where something might be said in criticism. It is satisfactory to an American in reading a work like this to see how much of real practical value is due to his own countrymen and to the

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