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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce E. Dunn, MD(Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a collection of brief descriptions of bacteria and detailed tables of differential characteristics of bacterial species described and cultured as of January 1991.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference to aid in the identification of bacteria. Information is arranged strictly based on phenotypic characteristics of bacteria. In contrast to Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, this determinative manual does not offer a natural classification of bacteria.
Audience: Because of the concise organization of the descriptions and tables in the book, it should prove useful to students, diagnostic microbiologists, and researchers.
Features: Important descriptive, differential, and physiologic features of bacteria are present in bold type in the text. In tables, alternate lines are shaded to allow the reader to easily line up the relevant information. In most cases the reader will have to refer back to Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology to obtain references, because few references are cited in this determinative manual.
Assessment: The book was compiled by abstracting the phenotypic information contained in the four volumes of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. This well-organized book provides to the diagnostic microbiologist an unequaled amount of descriptive information in one source. The detailed index allows easy access to the large number of bacteria described.