THIS book, though by no means elementary, is designed for the use of those who are studying bacteriology for the first time. The student making use of it should possess some acquaintance with the elements of biology, and the book may then be considered as continuing his biological studies in the domain of micro-organisms, more particularly the bacterial forms, though chapters on the yeasts, moulds and Protozoa are also included. It deals especially with fundamentals, and particular attention is devoted to the structure, nutrition, metabolism and classification of the bacteria, and the action of physical agents upon them ; this matter occupies the first half of the book. The second half is devoted to a consideration of the processes involving bacterial action, and chapters deal with the bacteriology of water and milk and canned foods, sewage disposal through bacterial action, and the various industrial fermentations dependent upon bacteria. Finally, the relation of bacteria to diseases, animal and plant, is considered, and the nature of immunity is briefly discussed.


a Text-Book of Micro-organisms. By Prof. Fred Wilbur Tanner. Third edition. Pp. xiii + 510. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. ; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1937.) 17s. 6d. net.

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HEWLETT, R. Bacteriology. Nature 142, 316 (1938).

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