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The History of Bacteriology

Nature volume 142, pages 771773 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



SINCE the appearance of Löffler's fragmentary and otherwise faulty “Lectures” in 1887, students of the history of bacteriology have had no guide-book to this intriguing and complicated subject. They will all, therefore, welcome the present volume-written by the foremost living authority, who has lived through the heroic age and was personally acquainted with many of the heroes. It is true he had given us a foretaste of his knowledge in the “System of Bacteriology” (vol. 1, 1930) published by the Medical Research Council: but this larva is now metamorphosed into an imago which will surely serve the most exacting needs of historical students for at least another generation. Though originally delivered- like Löffler's essay-in the form of lectures, this final product is actually a well-documented contribution to science.

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