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From The CriticsReviewer: George P Wawrzyniak, MBA, MT (ASCP) (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Description: This is the twenty-second edition of a book that covers the field of clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, and virology. The format has not changed from previous editions, the last of which was published in March 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is "to provide a brief, accurate, and up-to-date presentation of those aspects of medical microbiology that are of particular significance in the fields of clinical infections and chemotherapy." These worthy objectives have been met by the authors.
Audience: The book is designed for medical students and residents who want a brief description of the organisms and agents involved in clinical microbiology. A tour through the Internet found that the book is required at many institutions. It is not written for teachers, researchers, or those who want or need to know more in-depth information, or how to perform the tests used in identification of these organisms or agents. Doctors Brooks and Butel have coauthored previous editions. This is the second edition that all three authors have worked on together.
Features: Basic bacteriology through all the fields of clinical microbiology, immunology, mycology, parasitology, and virology is covered in this book. The organisms are described briefly along with paragraphs on pathogenesis, a few diagnostic laboratory tests, clinical findings, treatment and epidemiology. Nice features include an updated list of microorganisms and viruses on the inside of the covers and new cases covering aspects of germ warfare and bioterrorism. The authors have shaved approximately 50 pages from the previous edition by reducing the size or eliminating some of the pictures, tables and charts, and most of the references. Very little text has been removed or changed. Updates have been added, particularly in the areas of hepatitis viruses, AIDS virus, and bacterial virulence factors. The chapter on tumor viruses and oncogenes has been renamed Human Cancer Viruses. The reduction in the amount of references listed at the end of each chapter has been explained by the availability of references on the Internet and by listing only a few key references through which the reader can find other pertinent articles.
Assessment: In and of itself this is a very worthwhile book to have in one's library. However, owners of a previous edition may find it hard to justify purchasing this one because much of the book is unchanged, including the price.