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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa A Clough, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the indigenous human microflora.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a resource about the development, composition, and distribution of the human indigenous microflora. Recent awareness of the importance that indigenous flora play, not only in disease states but also in day-to-day functions, makes these objectives timely and appropriate. The author provides a detailed description in a systematic approach that clearly meets his objectives.
Audience: The book is intended for a broad audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students of microbiology and health related fields. The details and complexity are best suited for students with strong backgrounds in microbiology. The author is an established authority in the field of microbiology.
Features: The author details the indigenous microflora of the human body in a well organized and systematic format. In addition to a general overview, he organizes focused discussions based on individual organ systems. For each system, the author outlines composition, defense systems, environmental determinants, and microbial interactions that are unique and important for that system. He provides interesting and practical information which keeps readers' attention. The consistent use of similar figures between chapters provides clarity. However, the broad and at times excessive use of multiple figures, diagrams, tables, and micrographs is distracting.
Assessment: The content, organization, and presentation make this book a unique resource. The author introduces a valuable framework for understanding the important role that the indigenous human microflora plays. This is a useful guide for those interested in understanding the complex microbial community we live in.