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October 1943

Methods of Diagnostic Bacteriology

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(4):478. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510040122023

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To all intents and purposes, this is a cook book for the bacteriologic laboratory, for which there is a definite place. Plenty of blank pages are provided for the supplementary data that come freshly to hand in all laboratories. Data are comprehensive, complete and expressed in short form; perhaps the authors are sketchy in supplying the indications for the employment of tests, but, again, this may not be within the scope of such a book.

For the purposes of the dermatologist, the section on yeast and fungi is inadequate, consisting as it does of only seven pages. Perhaps there is an inaccuracy on page 87, where it is stated that "yeast and monilia are usually small, dry, chalky white and opaque"; surely they cannot be regarded as dry, and only questionably can they be said to be as chalky white. Again, on page 89 the statement appears that "colonies

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