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THIS enlarged edition treats of the whole range of pathogenic and to a certain extent also of non-pathogenic bacteria in a fairly exhaustive manner. The classification, the chemical nature, the biological characters, the methods used in their study, both in cultures and in staining them in animal tissues, are described in a lucid though rather a dogmatic fashion. The rôle and the nature of the rôle the pathogenic bacteria play in relation to infectious diseases are, as the title indicates, the principal subjects of the book, and we have no hesitation in saying that the authors have produced a very creditable work. But there are a number of diseases of the lower animals described here, in which the demonstration of bacteria in microscopic sections through one or the other of the diseased organs is sufficient for the authors to assign to those bacteria a specific character; more than this, every granule which appears stained in those sections is regarded by the authors as a microbe. The exact proof, and even attempt at exact proof, that this is so is omitted in many of these cases.

Les Bactéries et leur rôle dans l'Étiologie, l'Anatomie, et l'Histologie paihologiques des Maladies Infectieuses.

Par A. V. Cornil V. Babes. Third Edition, in Two Volumes. (Paris: Félix Alcan, 1890.)

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Bacteria. Nature 43, 195–196 (1891).

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