Volume 4, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In connection with the dedication of the Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, June 7, 1954, a symposium of 13 eminent experts attempted to analyze the present and future aspects of microbiology. They succeeded admirably, and the chapters dealing with the microbe as a living system (Cornelius B. Van Niel, André Lwoff, Joshua Lederberg and Bernard D. Davis), metabolism of microorganisms (H. A. Barker, Jackson W. Foster, Wayne W. Umbreit, Perry Wilson and Durey H. Peterson) and microorganisms and higher forms of life (Michael Heidelberger, Frank L. Horsfall, Jr., Harry Eagle and Robert L. Starkey) are critical appraisals of present-day knowledge presented in a very readable form and well documented by numerous references. For quick orientation in these rapidly moving fields, the nonspecialist will receive great satisfaction by reading the entire collection of contributions. To the student confronted with problems of tropical medicine the chapters “Some Unsolved Problems in Immunology”, “The Inhibition of Virus Reproduction by Chemical Substances” and “Challenging Problems in Antibiotic Research” will doubtless be most interesting and informative.


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