Microbiological Standardisation of Laboratory Animals

edited by F. J. C. Roe, 116 pages. Ellis Horwood Limited, Market Cross House, Cooper Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1EB, England. 1983

Joe R. Held Division of Research Services National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland 20205

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This small volume is based upon eight papers presented at a 1981 symposium in the United Kingdom which had as its object the pooling of knowledge about laboratory animals by scientists from different fields of medical research. “It was hoped that researchers would learn more about the condition of animals supplied to them either from commercial sources or their own animal breeding units” (Foreword).

The reader seeking a text on how to perform microbiological standardization of laboratory animals probably would be disappointed with this book. On the other hand, someone interested in information on the benefits of such standardization would find parts of it useful. Of its eight chapters, five are on “The Needs of the …” toxicologist, pathologist, cancer research worker, parasitologist, and immunologist. The remaining chapters are “Problems in the Supply of Healthy Sheep,” “The Chairman's Summing-up,” and “Quality Control Procedures followed by Bantin and Kingman” (organizers of the symposium).

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