This textbook admirably fulfills the purpose intended by its author. It is not a book of medical microbiology, but a book oriented toward the student of general microbiology. However, this readable volume will be of interest to anyone reviewing some basic concepts of biology and seeing the science of microbiology in perspective. For the beginner, it should provide not only information but a stimulus to further study.
The author has organized his subject very well, and chapter summaries are clear and concise. The suggested reading section at the end of each chapter is most valuable. Such references are particularly helpful to the student new to this scientific area.
Two chapters which deserve special mention are "Morphology of Bacteria" and "Bacterial Metabolism." The illustrations are very good, and the biochemical discussion is clarified by pertinent diagrams.