Bacterial Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Controlby Alfred S. Evans (Editor), Harry A. Feldman (Editor)
This is a companion volume to Viral Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control. The apparent success of that book in bridging the gap between texts on basic microbiology and those on clinical infectious diseases led to editing this one on bacterial infections, the chapters of which are organized in exactly the same format of 12 units: introduction, historical background, methodology, biological characteristics of the organism, descriptive epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of transmission, pathogenesis and im munity, patterns of host response, control and prevention, unresolved problems, references, and suggested reading. The purpose of this book is to provide a description and understanding of the pathogenesis of infection and disease both within the community and within the individual. This is done in the belief that a variety of factors in both the external and the internal environment, and in the nature of the infectious agent, influence exposure, the development of infection, and the pattern of the host response. An understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of these processes forms the basis for approaches to control and prevention. The first two chapters of this book deal with general epidemiological concepts and with surveillance.
Description: This book provides a focused appraisal of selected bacterial infections, detailing such timely subjects as healthcare-associated infections and organisms threatened in bioterrorism. Each chapter is divided into sections, which allows readers to assimilate information in a stepwise fashion. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: This edition achieves its goal of supplementing detailed books on infectious diseases. Previous editions have demonstrated the popularity of this format, which is helpful for learners who are looking for specific information about bacterial infections.
Audience: It is designed for physicians and scientists who encounter bacterial infections, including clinicians, microbiologists, immunologists, and researchers, as well as students training in the healthcare professions. The authors, an international group, are well regarded in their respective fields.
Features: The book highlights specific bacterial diseases with in-depth information on these pathogens. Introductory chapters provide background information about epidemiologic considerations and public heath significance. Each chapter is liberally appointed with up-to-date references and suggested readings. The chapter on molecular epidemiology clearly explains a difficult subject and augments most learners' baseline knowledge. Increasing the number of supporting graphs, charts, and photographs would enhance the book, more so if they were in color.
Assessment: This is an admirable update. It remains a succinct, useful, and practical reference for the bacterial pathogens delineated in the book. The information is thorough, diverse, and easy to digest.
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