Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The first part of this handbook, issued in 1959, was correctly described as a ponderous volume. This description equally fits the second part published in 1961, which completes the presentation of the various living agents acting as parasites on man.

Following a novel style and effective method of presentation, the author, Professor Georg Wildführ of Leipzig, in East Germany, has fully succeeded in condensing in two volumes totalling 1,434 pages the present knowledge on medical microbiology, immunology and epidemiology. Marginal key words and a detailed subject index enable the reader to locate quickly succinct facts on the classification (according to Bergey or Zeissler), morphology, biology, serology, pathogenesis, clinical aspect, diagnosis, therapy, immunity, epidemiology, prophylaxis and control. According to this scheme, Part II deals, in encyclopaedic manner occasionally documented, with the vibrios, spirochaetes, treponema, pleuropneumonia agents, rickettsiae, viruses including bacteriophage (162 pages), pathogenic protozoa, fungi, trematodes, and nematodes.


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