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April 1950

Microbiology and Pathology.

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By Charles F. Carter, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 845. C. V. Mosby Company, 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis 3, 1948.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(4):725. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230100182012

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This textbook is designed for the use of student nurses in their course in microbiology and pathology. It contains sections on the general principles of microbiology, the relation of bacteria to disease, the bacteriology of water and milk, special bacteriology including the viruses, rickettsias, fungi and protozoa and both general and systematic pathology. There is also a section devoted to laboratory exercises, a glossary and a subject index.

The book contains information which is out of date, inaccurate and misleading. One example will suffice (page 393): "Acquired syphilis is most often contracted by direct contact, usually through sexual intercourse. The infection may be transmitted by kissing.... It is occasionally spread by contaminated objects such as drinking cups, towels, etc. Physicians and nurses may become infected while examining a syphilitic patient. Blood and semen may sometimes contain the organism." Are the nurses so sheltered that they no longer are to be

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