THIS is in its way a quite unique biography of a bacteriologist, W. Buchanan Wherry (1875-1936), professor of bacteriology and hygiene in the Cincinnati College of Medicine, by an author, Prof. Martin H. Fischer, who was his subject's colleague and lifelong friend and has already earned for himself distinction in biographical literature. Though Wherry's services to bacteriology can scarcely be said to have been of an outstanding nature-perhaps his most important contributions were his recognition, practically simultaneously with McCoy, of bubonic plague among the ground squirrels of California and his isolation for the first time of B. tularensefrom a human case of tularaemia (Wherry and Lamb, 1914) he had acquired in the course of his career as a bacteriologist in Manila, California and Mexico a very varied experience of tropical diseases and their methods of study.
William B. Wherry, Bacteriologist
By Martin Fischer. Pp. x + 293. (Springfield, 111., and Baltimore, Md.: Charles C. Thomas; London: Baillière, Tindall & Cox, 1938.) 27s.