The subject matter of bacteriology is vast and necessarily specialized. Today numerous modern textbooks are available to satisfy the needs of the varied workers in this field, whatever be their point of orientation. Browning and Mackie have written primarily from the point of view that micro-organisms can cause disease to man and the animals that surround him.
After introductory sections on the morphology, physiology and immunology of bacteria, pathogenic species of bacteria within the various genera are presented so that the disease process, its diagnosis in the laboratory, and its immunologic measures are given both in terms of basic factual material and by citation of published work. A similar treatment is accorded sections on the Rickettsia and Bartonella, the Spirochetes, viruses, pathogenic fungi and Protozoa, the Leishmania and Toxoplasma, which follow. Sections on chemotherapy, the normal flora of skin and mucous membranes, and the bacteriology of air, water and sewage