The introduction to this book recommends it for preparatory instruction in the essentials of bacteriology and immunology in premedical, predental and pretechnologic education, courses in public health and hygiene and nurses training schools. Its utilization should be confined to those courses; it is not a textbook of bacteriology for graduate students or for reference purposes.
The format parallels that of standard textbooks of bacteriology and includes several sections on technical procedures utilized in the practical application of the science. The material is presented with a minimum of technical terms and, in general, is accurately, concisely and clearly elucidated. The text is well documented with references to the literature, photographs and illustrations. It is regretted that the authors have not employed the changes in nomenclature recommended in Bergey's "Manual of Determinative Bacteriology," 1948. Several statements concerning therapeutic efficacy of the antibiotics in disease processes already are obsolete; inclusion of therapy in