A Manual of Bacteriology


    A YOUNG and rapidly-growing science continually demands a series of new text-books for the use of those students who would keep themselves abreast of the times, and it is, perhaps, inevitable that, with the growth of knowledge, the text-books should assume more and more alarming proportions. The present work—a portly tome of nearly nine hundred pages—comes to us from across the Atlantic as the latest, the largest, and, let us add, the most complete manual of bacteriology which has yet appeared in the English language. The volume combines in itself not only an account of such facts as are already established in the science from a morphological, chemical, and pathological point of view, discussions on such abstruse subjects as susceptibility and immunity, but also full details of the means by which these results have been obtained, and practical directions for the carrying on of laboratory work. It is thus, as stated in the preface, at once a manual for reference, a text book for students, and a handbook for the laboratory. And in the mind of the reader there may arise the question whether the attempt to combine the three has not resulted in a volume of somewhat too portentous a size. Dr. Sternberg is well qualified for the task he has undertaken. Himself a well-known worker in bacteriology, and director of the Hoagland Laboratory in Brooklyn, his work is no mere compilation of the results of others, but embodies also the fruits of his own original thought and observation. The amount of labour involved in bringing together from the literature of different countries the facts necessary for a manual of this kind may be estimated from the fact that the bibliography alone fills over a hundred pages and contains 2582 references. The illustrations are numerous, clear, and accurate; many of them are printed in colours, and there are some good reproductions of microphotographs.

    A Manual of Bacteriology.

    By George M. Sternberg. (New York: William Wood and Co., 1892.)

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    A Manual of Bacteriology. Nature 48, 172–173 (1893) doi:10.1038/048172a0

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