by Martin Frobisher, Sc.D., Formerly Chief, Bact'y. Sect., Communicable Disease Center, United States Public Health Service; Professor and Head, Department of Bacteriology, University of Georgia. 6th edition, 617 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1957. $6.50
A sixth edition over twenty years spells acceptance, whatever the degree of approval a reader may give. Frobisher's book has been successful, and for reasons now more cogent than ever. He has had to choose significant trends among the many, and is acquiring expertness in choice. He has acquired a consciousness of difficulties, and has done a thorough job of revising. He has become a sensitive listener to criticisms, with a dichotomous result. The book has an amazing coverage of subject matter, so that few will find errors of omission of consequence; by the same token, possibly concessions to popular opinion polls have caused the author to scatter his program for basic microbiology rather widely. Basic training, techniques, and purely practical applications are all pooled, and not badly, save for those who prefer stress on one or the other of this triad.
Except for a short chapter on viruses, the text is one of the few that, even nowadays, might well be called “Bacteriology.”