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November 19, 1904

Clinical Diagnostic Bacteriology, Including Serum Diagnosis and Cytodiagnosis.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1565. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210055027

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As is indicated in the title, this book is intended for the use of the clinician, but it inclines strongly toward the laboratory rather than the clinical side of diagnosis. The author has endeavored to place before the reader the methods of examination best adapted for practical diagnostic purposes, and has also included an account of some research work made by him on the acid-fast bacteria. Unfortunately for the practitioner too much space (about one-third of the book) is devoted to this subject, although it will prove of interest to the research worker. Such bacteriologic examinations as involve elaborate investigation, such as cholera and glanders, have been omitted entirely; and, judging from its omission, we presume the author included the typhoid bacillus in this class, an opinion to which we wish to take exception. There is also a short account of serum diagnosis and cyto-diagnosis, but not sufficient to be

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