Volume s1-18, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Prof. Fairbrother has succeeded very well indeed in producing a textbook which is concise and yet covers the territory as well as could be expected within the limited space alloted to it.

The book is intended for students, and from this point of view it is criticized. Part I is concerned with General Bacteriology, including the usual historical data on the evolution of the science, morphology, methods of cultivation, discussions on infection and immunity, etc., ending up with classification. The chapters of this part impress the reviewer, who is no bacteriologist, as being exceptionally clear, compact, and eminently readable. The chapters on Infection and Immunity make a special appeal.

The second part is devoted to a discussion of the organisms themselves, employing the nomenclature of the Society of American Bacteriologists, which is a bit confusing to those who learned the classification before the present era. Fortunately Staphylococcus and Streptococcus have escaped the deluge.


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