Burton's Microbiology for the Health Sciences / Edition 9

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Overview

Written in a straightforward and engaging style, this premier textbook provides students with the foundation in microbiology that they need to perform their day-to-day duties in a safe and knowledgeable manner. Coverage includes the core themes and concepts outlined for an introductory course by the American Society for Microbiology.

Developed for current and future healthcare professionals, the text offers vital coverage of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents, epidemiology and public health, hospital-acquired infections, infection control, and the ways in which microorganisms cause disease. This comprehensive new Ninth Edition explores the major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic human diseases, including patient care, and how the body protects itself from pathogens and infectious diseases.

A bound-in CD-ROM and a companion Website include case studies, additional self-assessment exercises, plus animations and special features that provide additional insight and fun facts on selected topics.

This premier textbook gives students--with or without a background in the sciences--the foundation in microbiology they need to perform their duties as health care professionals. In an engaging style, the text covers all the core concepts outlined for an introductory course by the American Society of Microbiology. This edition has a new full-color art program and provides up-to-date coverage of microbe-associated medical problems, including "bird flu," SARS, West Nile virus, "mad cow disease," anthrax, and smallpox. A bound-in CD-ROM includes case studies, self-assessment exercises, terminology lists, plus "Insight" and "Microbiology--Hollywood Style" sections that provide clinical insights and fun facts.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Doody Reviews
Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605476735
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: Ninth, North American Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 63,121
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I Introduction to Microbiology

  • Chapter 1: Microbiology- The Science
  • Chapter 2: Viewing the Microbial World

Section II Introduction to Microbes and Cellular Biology

  • Chapter 3: Cell Structure and Taxonomy
  • Chapter 4: Microbial Diversity, Part 1: Acellular and Procaryotic Microbes
  • Chapter 5: Microbial Diversity,Part 2: Eucaryotic Microbes

Section III Chemical and Genetic Aspects of Microorganisms

  • Chapter 6: Biochemistry: The Chemistry of Life
  • Chapter 7: Microbial Physiology and Genetics

Section IV Controlling the Growth of Microbes

  • Chapter 8: Controlling Microbial Growth In Vitro
  • Chapter 9: Controlling Microbial Growth In Vivo Using Antimicrobial Agents

Section V Environmental and Applied Microbiology

  • Chapter 10: Microbial Ecology and Microbial Biotechnology
  • Chapter 11: Epidemiology and Public Health

Section VI Microbiology Within Healthcare Facilities

  • Chapter 12: Healthcare Epidemiology
  • Chapter 13: Diagnosing Infectious Diseases

Section VII Pathogenesis and Host Defense Mechanisms

  • Chapter 14: Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
  • Chapter 15: Nonspecific Host Defense Mechanisms
  • Chapter 16: Specific Host Defense Mechanisms: An Introduction to Immunology

Section VIII Major Infectious Diseases of Humans

  • Chapter 17: Overview of Infectious Diseases
  • Chapter 18: Viral Infections
  • Chapter 19: Bacterial Infections
  • Chapter 20: Fungal Infections
  • Chapter 21: Parasitic Infections

Appendix A: Answers to Self-Assessment Exercises

Appendix B: Compendium of Important Bacterial Pathogens of Humans

Appendix C: Useful Conversions

Appendix D: Greek Alphabet

Glossary

Index

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