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(1) Microbiology (2) Laboratory Manual in General Microbiology (3) Die Anaphylaxie (4) A Treatise on the Transformation of the Intestinal Flora, with Special Reference to the Implantation of Bacillus Acidophilus (5) Diagnosis of Protozoa and Worms Parasitic in Man

Nature volume 110, page 694 (25 November 1922) | Download Citation



(1) Prof. Marshall's volume is a text-book of general and applied microbiology. The morphology, cultivation, and physiology of micro-organisms are first dealt with, and an excellent account of these subjects is given. If any chapter were to be selected for special commendation, we should choose Chapter II., partly perhaps, because of its novelty in a work of this kind, in which the physical forces involved in biological activities are described. An admirable summary is here given of such subjects as ionisation and dissociation, surface tension, adsorption, diffusion, and osmosis, colloids, and crystalloids—all of which are of fundamental importance for the understanding of biological activity. The second half of the book is devoted to applied microbiology, and accounts are given of micro-organisms in relation to air, water and soil, milk and foods, fermentations and disease, including the microbial diseases of plants and insects as well as those of man and animals. Twenty-five specialists in their various subjects contribute to the making of the book, and Prof. Marshall has edited and coordinated the whole. We know of no other book which in so limited a space gives such an excellent account, general and special, of micro-organisms in all their aspects. The text contains numerous illustrations.

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