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February 1960

Microbiology Yesterday and Today

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020180034

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This is a book of high order. It consists of the seven papers read at a symposium at Rutgers University on the occasion of Dr. Waksman's seventieth birthday, his fortieth at Rutgers as teacher and researcher in microbiology, and on the fifteenth anniversary of the discovery of streptomycin. Written by distinguished experts, there is much in this volume of the history of microbiology and of perspectives for the future of antibiotic research.

Quastel's "Microbial Biochemistry and Its Development"; Woodruff's "Antibiotics—a New Field for Microbiological Research and Perspectives for the Future"; Heidelberger's "Episodes in Immunochemistry"; Cowan's "Bacterial Classification—Problems and Developments"; Bryson's "Some Contributions of Genetics to Microbiology"; Skriabin's "Aspects of Russian Microbiology"; Waksman's "Microbiology—Yesterday and Today" are the broad topics reviewed.

The conversion of glucose to alcohol, Kreb's citric acid cycles, specific microbial inhibitors, anaerobic metabolism, microbial ecology, taxonomy and descriptive microbiology, enzymatic mechanisms, genetic problems, and even the education of

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