Volume s1-29, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This widely and favorably known textbook is presented in its ninth edition, an interval of 38 years having elapsed since the appearance of the first. Although its distinguished originators (Hiss and Zinsser) have passed away, the sound approach which they developed was quickly appreciated, to which in a large degree is due the exceptional vitality which the work exhibits.

The scope of the presentation requires 77 chapters, of which 10 are devoted to general aspects; 6 to infection and immunity; 28 to pathogenic bacteria; 5 to the spirochaetes; 1 to pleuropneumonia; 2 to rickettsia; 11 to viruses; 6 to mycology; and 8 to techniques. The treatment is so comprehensive that work attains encyclopediac proportions. This circumstance, coupled with the vast expansion of knowledge in this field since the appearance of the first edition, illustrates the greater extent to which the abilities of the present day student are taxed as compared with their predecessors of declining generations.


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