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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia V. Sommer, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Description: This textbook provides an understanding of the molecular mechanism involved in bacterial-host interactions that can produce infectious disease. Introductory chapters on host-parasite relationships are followed by discussions of well studied microorganisms that provide models of infectious disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to present recent advances on the role of bacteria in causing disease at the molecular level. The book integrates the genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and immunology of bacterial pathogenesis. The authors meet their objective by providing a current textbook on molecular models of infectious diseases.
Audience: This textbook is written for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and medical students interested in infectious disease. The book will be a useful resource for microbiologists and scientists from various disciplines. The clear writing style and didactic approach should meet the needs of the intended audience. The authors and the list of reviewers insure the accuracy and quality of the book.
Features: Each chapter includes an introductory outline, summary, selected readings, and questions that stimulate critical thinking. The adequate number of illustrations are clear and support the text. The boxed highlights, the organization and content of the text should stimulate the interest of the reader. The appendixes that include bacterial structure, detection methods, answers to chapter questions, and a glossary provide the tools and information for readers with various levels of knowledge.
Assessment: This is a thoughtful and well-written textbook for students and professionals interested in infectious disease. The book supports and strengthens the shift in thinking in the current scientific literature about infectious diseases. This textbook fills a need for a current, concise molecular orientation to microbial pathogenesis .