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The appearance of the fifth edition of any work is in some respects an index of its merits. It at least shows that it satisfies the wants of a large class of readers. In the case of the present volume it evidently means that it has obtained favor with students and teachers, for it is emphatically a students' manual, giving as it does the culture and preparation methods of most of the important pathogenic bacteria. It will also be found a valuable handbook for the practitioner, but its probably necessary incompleteness in some respects is against it for this purpose. For example, it would seem that there are several morbific microbes, of importance enough to be noticed here, that are omitted or only barely mentioned, while others less frequent, but probably better for study, are described at length. The index is rather defective, which is a serious fault. In most
Principles of Bacteriology. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(20):1133–1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450470055028
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