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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a narrowly focused book on the mechanistic and pathologic consequences of bacterial adherence.
Purpose: The book is essentially a review of the molecular and biological processes that are associated with gram-positive and gram-negative microbial adherence to eukaryotic surfaces. Although the focus of the book is somewhat limited to selected microbial populations, the information presented makes this an acceptable offering for students or medical investigators interested in a general review of the topic.
Audience: The primary audience would be students or novice investigators who are looking for review information on this topic. The invited authors represent an international group of investigators who are generally well-published in this area.
Features: The book is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the mechanistic topic of microbial adherence, while sections two and three address host-response issues related to microbial adherence. The chapter written by Dr. Gilsdorf is an excellent review of pili-mediated adherence of Haemophilus influenzae. The chapters written by Kresse et al. (Chapter 9) and Svanborg et al. (Chapter 10) are both excellent and place into perspective the clinical consequences of selected microbial adherence. The book is sufficiently illustrated and helpful to the reader.
Assessment: Although the book is not meant to be an exhaustive review of microbial adherence to eukaryotic cell surfaces, the material that is covered provides a fine review of a rather complex process. Therefore, I would suggest this as an introduction for anyone wishing to review this area of study.