In 1910, Philip H. Hiss Jr. and Hans Zinsser published the first edition of their textbook of bacteriology. As they stated, the book was primarily a treatise on the fundamental laws and technic of this science; it was written in the hope of meeting the bacteriologic needs of medical students and also to interest practitioners in a fascinating subject. The book at once became recognized all over the world and soon earned a well deserved popularity, so that subsequent editions were published in 1914, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1927 and 1934.
The 1934 edition lives up to the standards of its predecessors: It brings the subject matter up to date; it is easily readable, being written in delightfully clear and succinct English, and it is printed in type comfortable to the eye and is well illustrated. At the end of each chapter are a few good references to the topics under