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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive microbiology textbook for students starting on healthcare careers covers all the basic concepts of infectious agents, treatment of these diseases, and the immune response that develops in the host. This is an update of the 2007 edition.
Purpose: The sole purpose is to serve as a primary textbook for undergraduate students, and it will prepare them for more advanced study in infectious disease.
Audience: It is written by two highly qualified individuals who have taught students for over 30 years about the importance of microbial agents in both health and disease.
Features: As a comprehensive textbook, it covers a great many topics such as epidemiology of microbes, public health issues and outbreaks, infection control, and antimicrobial agents used to treat diseases. However, the major portion of the book centers on the details of each infectious agent in the major categories of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. The illustrations are impressive and clearly enhance the presentation. The first few chapters provide a nice background, helping students understand the role of bacteria in the environment and within the human host. Each chapter is stuffed with interesting facts and descriptions as well as helpful illustrations. Boxed notes that appear throughout the book provide historical context or a study aid. Each chapter ends with 10 multiple-choice questions that can be used to evaluate knowledge retention. Additional questions, case studies, and exercises can be found on the CD that accompanies each book. The online resources for both students and instructors are an additional bonus.
Assessment: This is one of the best teaching textbooks that I have evaluated. It is easy to read and catches readers' attention with interesting facts and stories. I almost wish I could go back and take a class where this book is used.