Description: This is a collection of papers dealing with the molecular, clinical, and sociopolitical implications of bacterial resistance. These manuscripts were originally presented at the 1995 International Conference on Antibiotic Resistance held in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The contributing authors are well-recognized investigators in the field of microbial resistance, molecular biology, and the epidemiology of bacterial-drug resistance.
Purpose: The nine chapters that comprise this text provide a timely discussion of the rapid emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, including several chapters on recently recognized mechanisms of resistance in microorganisms of clinical importance.
Audience: Investigators working in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, and infectious disease who have a professional or general interest in antibiotic resistance would find this text extremely valuable. In addition, the book contains a chapter on antibiotic use in the Latin American countries, which would be of great interest to many healthcare professionals who have a focused interest in antimicrobial utilization.
Features: Each chapter contains numerous illustrations that enhance the informational content of the text. In addition, the contributing authors have included many recent and sentinel citations in their manuscripts.
Assessment: This book is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of the various mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, but rather focuses on important key (and often novel) mechanisms of resistance and their clinical impact. In addition, it emphasizes the need for a multidisciplinary-collegial approach to address the myriad of healthcare issues adversely impact by the clinical consequences of antimicrobial resistance. This book would be a valuable addition to one's personal library or institutional collection.