(1) Laboratory Manual in General and Pathogenic Bacteriology and Immunity (2) Bacteriology: a Text Book on Fundamentals

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    (1) THE first of these books is intended to be a laboratory guide on bacteriology for veterinary students. It consists of practical exercises, and at the end of each exercise is a series of questions. The latter seem uniformly to have little or no bearing on the particular exercise. Thus Exercise No. viii. is headed “Making plate cultures: the Gram stain,” but it contains no information about the Gram stain. Nevertheless, the student is asked the question at the end of the exercise, “What is the function of the iodine solution in the Gram technic?” The only answer to this question which we can find in the book is given in Exercise vii., in which it is stated that “little is known of the chemical process involved in the Gram stain.” This kind of sample has not been particularly selected. It occurs more or less throughout the book. English examiners would not cordially accept an answer like this from a candidate.

    (1) Laboratory Manual in General and Pathogenic Bacteriology and Immunity.

    By Prof. Veranus Alva Moore Prof. William Arthur Hagan. Pp. xii + 252. (Boston, New York and London: Ginn and Co., 1925.) 8s. 6d. net.

    (2) Bacteriology: a Text Book on Fundamentals.

    By Prof. Stanley Thomas. Pp. xiii + 201. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc.; London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Ltd., 1925.) 12s. 6d. net.

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