Bacteriology of Humans: An Ecological Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

1st Prize, 'New Authored Books' category, Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors Medical Book Awards 2008

“Overall, I am impressed by the up-to date information content and structure provided in Bacteriology of Humans. It is truly an ecological perspective helpful for undergraduate/graduate majors in microbiology and immunology.” –American Society for Microbiology, June 2009

"Wilson provides the reader with an up-to-date, comprehensive census of the indigenous microorganisms that inhabit the human body and in so doing contributes significantly to this rapidly advancing area of study. The narrative is clearly written; the index is excellent; there are numerous bibliographic citations. Each chapter is rich with tables, diagrams, color micrographs, and charts … Highly recommended." –Choice Reviews

"This comprehensive, yet accessible text... is an excellent and informative reference book… it should be on the shelf of every major science and medical library. The content, organization, and presentation make this book a unique resource." –Doody's Book Reviews

Until recently, the indigenous microbiota of humans has been a relatively neglected area of microbiology with most attention being focused on those microbes that cause disease in humans, rather than on those that co-exist with us in the disease-free state. However, in the past decade research has shown that not only is the indigenous microbiota involved in protecting humans from exogenous pathogens but it is also involved in our development and nutrition. Consequently, interest has grown substantially among health professionals and scientists in analyzing and understanding these microbial (largely bacterial) communities.

This comprehensive, yet accessible text provides an up-to-date guide to the development, composition and distribution of indigenous microbial communities of humans. With the aid of abundant colour figures, diagrams, tables and maps, it establishes links between the physicochemical factors prevailing at an anatomical site and the types of microbes to be found there. The book includes an introduction to the human-microbe symbiosis as well as an in-depth look at the main systems and organs of the human body that have an indigenous microbiota. Each chapter includes a list of references for further study.

This is an excellent and informative reference book that is useful to anyone with an interest in microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology, infectious diseases, immunology, human biology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, health sciences, biomedical sciences or pharmacy – it should be on the shelf of every major science and medical library.

Hallmark Features:

  • Provides a comprehensive, yet accessible, reference book on the human microbiota
  • Lavishly illustrated with colour figures, diagrams, tables and maps
  • Each chapter provides a list of references to promote further study
  • Each chapter contains links to key websites
  • Offers an ecological approach that explains why certain organisms are associated with a particular anatomical site
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
“Overall, I am impressed by the up-to date information content and structure provided in Bacteriology of Humans. It is truly an ecological perspective helpful for undergraduate/graduate majors in microbiology and immunology.” (American Society for Microbiology, June 2009)

“Wilson provides the reader with an up-to-date, comprehensive census of the indigenous microorganisms that inhabit the human body and in so doing contributes significantly to this rapidly advancing area of study. The narrative is clearly written; the index is excellent; there are numerous bibliographic citations. Each chapter is rich with tables, diagrams, color micrographs, and charts … .Each section serves as a valuable resource for understanding the influence of microbes on human health and disease. Highly recommended.” (Choice Reviews, December 2008)

“This comprehensive, yet accessible text provides an up-to-date guide to the development, composition and distribution of these microbial communities. This is an excellent and informative reference book … it should be on the shelf of every major science and medical library. 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.” (Doody's Book Reviews, October 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405161657
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wilson is a Professor of Microbiology in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at University College London and is Director of the Eastman Centre for Microbial Diseases within this university. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from University College Galway, Ireland, a Doctor of Science from the National University of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. He has written and/or edited eight books and published more than 270 scientific papers in the fields of microbiology and infectious diseases.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Abbreviations of genera.

1. The human–microbe symbiosis.

1.1. Overview of the nature and distribution of the microbial communities inhabiting humans.

1.2. Environmental determinants that affect the distribution and composition of microbial communities.

1.3. Host characteristics that affect the indigenous microbiota.

1.4. Techniques used to characterize the microbial communities inhabiting humans.

1.5. The epithelium – site of host–microbe interactions.

1.6. Further reading.

2. The indigenous microbiota of the skin.

2.1. Anatomy and physiology of human skin.

2.2. Cutaneous antimicrobial defense systems.

2.3. Environmental determinants operating at different skin regions.

2.4. The indigenous microbiota of the skin.

2.5. Overview of the cutaneous microbiota.

2.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

2.7. Further reading.

3. The indigenous microbiota of the eye.

3.1. Anatomy and physiology of the eye.

3.2. Antimicrobial defense systems of the eye.

3.3. Environmental determinants on the conjunctival surface.

3.4. The indigenous microbiota of the eye.

3.5. Overview of the ocular microbiota.

3.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

3.7. Further reading.

4. The indigenous microbiota of the respiratory tract.

4.1. Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract.

4.2. Antimicrobial defense systems of the respiratory tract.

4.3. Environmental determinants within the respiratory tract.

4.4. Indigenous microbiota of the respiratory tract.

4.5. Overview of the respiratory microbiota
4.6. Sources of data used to compile figures
4.7. Further reading.

5. The indigenous microbiota of the urinary system of females.

5.1. Anatomy and physiology of the urinary system of females.

5.2. Antimicrobial defenses of the female urinary system.

5.3. Environmental determinants within the female urethra.

5.4. The indigenous microbiota of the female urethra.

5.5. Overview of the microbiota of the urinary tract of females.

5.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

5.7. Further reading.

6. The indigenous microbiota of the reproductive system of females.

6.1. Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.

6.2. Antimicrobial defense systems of the female reproductive system.

6.3. Environmental determinants at different regions of the reproductive system.

6.4. The indigenous microbiota of the female reproductive system.

6.5. Overview of the microbiota of the female reproductive system.

6.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

6.7. Further reading.

7. The indigenous microbiota of the urinary and reproductive systems of males.

7.1. Anatomy and physiology.

7.2. Antimicrobial defenses of the male urinary and reproductive systems.

7.3. Environmental determinants within the male urinary and reproductive systems.

7.4. The indigenous microbiota of the male urinary and reproductive systems.

7.5. Overview of the microbiota of the male urinary and reproductive systems.

7.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

7.7. Further reading.

8. The indigenous microbiota of the oral cavity.

8.1. Anatomy and physiology of the oral cavity.

8.2. Antimicrobial defense systems of the oral cavity.

8.3. Environmental determinants at the various sites within the oral cavity.

8.4. The indigenous microbiota of the oral cavity.

8.5. Overview of the oral microbiota.

8.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

8.7. Further reading.

9. The indigenous microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.1. Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.2. Antimicrobial defense systems of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.3. Environmental determinants within different regions of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.4. The indigenous microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.5. Overview of the indigenous microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract.

9.6. Sources of data used to compile figures.

9.7. Further reading.

10. The future.

10.1. Further reading.

Index

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