Medical Microbiology

By Kenneth L. Burdon, Ph.B., Sc.M., Ph.D. Pp. I–XIII, 1–763. Illustrated. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1939

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An excellent text-book upon microbiology written especially for the medical student, and, as the author states in the Preface, one “that is concerned primarily with the fundamentals of the subject.”

The opening chapters upon the history of microbiology are good and well illustrated with portraits of the most eminent investigators, as Pasteur, Koch, Theobald Smith and others. These chapters furnish the student with information regarding the development of the various subjects embraced in the book, as bacteriology, protozoology, the filtrable viruses, etc., which is not usually presented in such texts and which should stimulate the student's interest. The author states that he has endeavored to present microbiology in a clear and relatively concise manner and the reviewer believes that he has done so and that the result is a very useful volume for the medical student and other students interested in the subject.

There are few typographical errors and the data presented are generally accurate and well up-to-date.