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February 18, 1905

Bacteriology and the Public Health.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(7):563. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500340051020

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Several new chapters have been added to this book, and the whole revised and enlarged. The book aims to give a simple general statement of our present knowledge of microbiology in relation to public health for the special benefit of the general student of hygiene and of the medical officer of health. Inasmuch as malaria and other diseases caused by microbes, other than bacteria, in the usual sense of the word, are considered, objection might be made to the present title. Microbiology would seem to fit the case better. Take it all in all, the book is well written and has a distinct field of usefulness. We think that the account given of yellow fever is unsatisfactory because of the relatively large amount of space given to Sanarelli's bacillus and the wholly inadequate statement of the significance and the results of the work of Reed and his colleagues. The citation

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