This is a book which will delight both the bacteriologist and the practitioner of medicine with its well balanced array of material. This seventh edition by Zinsser and Bayne-Jones has developed into a manual of infectious diseases as well as a text on bacteriology.
The advances in bacteriology during the past several years have been of great importance, and revisions of older concepts are necessary. The greatest commendation of this book is that it is capably written and is thoroughly up to date. Revisions were made even during publication, so that the latest discoveries are embodied.
The first section of the book deals with the general biology of bacteria, including bacterial variation and dissociation. The section "Infection and Immunity" is of special interest because of the advances in immunology which have been due partly to new lines of thought predicated on the correlation of bacterial change and virulence.