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From The CriticsReviewer: Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD(Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is the 10th edition of a text on the principles and practices in laboratory diagnostic microbiology. The current editors have made significant changes to both the organization and format of this standard text, improving its overall value as a laboratory resource.
Purpose: It is written as a practical guidebook in clinical microbiology and covers all aspects of this laboratory science, including basic laboratory practices, principles of microbial recovery, disease-specific microbial recovery, identification strategies/schemas for both aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms, and methods of susceptibility testing. There are also separate sections covering laboratory parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, and virology.
Audience: It is appropriate for any allied health student who is contemplating spending time in the clinical microbiology laboratory. In addition, students of microbiology at both the undergraduate and graduate level would benefit from acquiring this text for their personal library. This book has always been viewed as an excellent teaching text and this current edition will further enhance its student friendly reputation.
Features: It is full of outstanding illustrations, charts, tables, color plates, and current reference citations. In addition, it is well organized and the index is extremely helpful in locating specific topics.
Assessment: The current editors have done an outstanding job in updating a revered resource in the field of clinical microbiology. The text is extremely easy to read yet comprehensively discusses the theories and practices central to the diagnostic microbiology laboratory. The section on Central Issues in Clinical Microbiology is excellent, addressing many of the key regulatory and management problems occurring in today's clinical laboratories. The editors have carefully updated nomenclature changes that have occurred since the last edition was published in 1994. This edition would be an excellent addition to personal collections and should also be viewed as an outstanding reference or teaching text for students in the allied health sciences.