Advance in the study and understanding of the morphology and structure of bacteria has been remarkably rapid in recent years. At the same time, it has been, in a number of respects, exceedingly irregular. This irregularity has manifested itself in diverse ways, although it certainly cannot be held to betoken any lack of general and widespread interest. For example, the degree to which the more fully-accepted facts in the contemporary canon of knowledge on the subject are understood is very different indeed in different cultural spheres. Whereas, as might be anticipated, information of applied value, and especially that of medical interest, is much more equably distributed.


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