In this book the author has divided the subject matter into four main categories: (1) parasites, (2) bacteria, (3) fungi and (4) immunity.
In any volume of this size which sets out to cover the subject of medical microbiology, one will always be able to find errors. These are few and occur usually when the author attempts to stress the therapy of the various disease processes under discussion. There is great emphasis on the historical background of each of the various topics covered, which unquestionably makes for a clearer understanding of the matter at hand. For example, in the discussion of cholera, the author alludes to Tchaikovsky's continued drinking of raw water from the Neva River, although he was warned, and his subsequent death from the disease. At another point he discusses the possibility that the Leptospira of Weil's disease, which was quite common in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,