Koneman's Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology / Edition 6

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Long considered the definitive work in its field, this new edition presents all the principles and practices readers need for a solid grounding in all aspects of clinical microbiology—bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology. Tests are presented according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly NCCLS) format.

This extensively revised edition includes practical guidelines for cost-effective, clinically relevant evaluation of clinical specimens including extent of workup and abbreviated identification schemes. New chapters cover the increasingly important areas of immunologic and molecular diagnosis.

Clinical correlations link microorganisms to specific disease states. Over 600 color plates depict salient identification features of organisms.

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Reviewer: Christopher J. Papasian, Ph.D., D (ABMM)(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a comprehensive review of clinical microbiology, from administrative issues and laboratory safety, to detailed methods for phenotypic characterization of microbial isolates, to molecular techniques including DNA sequencing. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a comprehensive yet practical text in diagnostic microbiology. Although there are several other fine books in diagnostic microbiology, this book, in all its editions, has been an outstanding contribution to the field.
Audience: This book will be of significant value to any individual who requires a working knowledge of diagnostic microbiology. This audience includes directors and supervisors of diagnostic microbiology laboratories, infectious disease clinicians, medical technologists working in microbiology labs, and pathology residents, infectious disease fellows, and postdoctoral fellows in medical and public health microbiology. At over 1,500 pages, the book may be a bit too informative for undergraduate medical technology students. Two new, outstandingly qualified, authors have been added to the sixth edition, joining an already exceptional group.
Features: The book begins by presenting information about the role of diagnostic microbiology labs in healthcare, progresses to an introduction to infectious disease issues of pertinence to diagnostic microbiologists, including critical information about specimen selection/collection and the potential complexity of interpreting microbiology laboratory results. This is followed by an excellent review of culture-independent techniques currently available to microbiologists. Most of the remaining 1,300 pages are related to groups of medically important microbes. These sections are all well developed, but the chapters dealing with bacteria are particularly detailed. Pedagogically useful diagrams and photographs are strategically interspersed throughout the text to enhance educational value. There are few shortcomings, but one area which disappointed me somewhat was the quality of photomicrographs in the mycology section. Overall, however, the illustrations and photographs are of high quality.
Assessment: I love this book, and always have. I used the first edition to help me learn microbiology in 1980 and thought it was outstanding then. Each subsequent version grew in quality, comprehensiveness, and pages. Microbiologists can never get enough information. There is always some microbe that produces a diagnostic dilemma that just isn't resolved with the references you consult. This book tries to resolve virtually all of those potential problems for you in a very practical format, and accomplishes this task as well as, if not better than, any other single text in the field.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781730143
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: Sixth
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1736
  • Sales rank: 701,963

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction to Microbiology, Part 1: The Role of the Microbiology Laboratory in the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: Guidelines to Practice and Management

Chapter 2: Introduction to Microbiology, Part 2: Guidelines for the Collection, Transport, Processing, Analysis, and Reporting of Cultures from Specific Specimen Sources

Chapter 3: Laboratory Diagnosis by Immunologic Methods

Chapter 4: Molecular Microbiology

Chapter 5: Medical Bacteriology: Taxonomy, Morphology, Physiology, and Virulence

Chapter 6: The Enterobacteriaceae

Chapter 7: The Nonfermentative Gram-Negative Bacilli

Chapter 8: Curved Gram-Negative Bacilli and Oxidase-Positive Fermenters: Campylobacteraceae and Vibrionaceae

Chapter 9: Miscellaneous Fastidious Gram-Negative Bacilli

Chapter 10: Legionella

Chapter 11: Neisseria Species and Moraxella catarrhalis

Chapter 12: Gram-Positive Cocci, Part 1: Staphylococci and Related Gram-Positive Cocci

Chapter 13: Gram-Positive Cocci, Part 2: Streptococci, Enterococci, and the "Streptococcis-Like" Bacteria

Chapter 14: Aerobic and Facultative Gram-Positive Bacilli

Chapter 15: Aerobic Actinomycetes

Chapter 16: The Anaerobic Bacteria

Chapter 17: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Chapter 18: Mycoplasmas and Ureaplasmas

Chapter 19: Mycobacteria

Chapter 20: Spirochetal Infections

Chapter 21: Mycology

Chapter 22: Parasitology

Chapter 23: Diagnosis of Infections Caused by Viruses, Chlamydia, Rickettsia, and Related Organisms

Appendix I: Ectoparasites and Other Invertebrates in the Clinical Laboratory: A Brief Guide

Appendix II: Free-Living Amebae


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  • Posted August 26, 2009


    A quick browse through this book showed me that it covers almost everything I need to know for my CLS/MLS/MT courses in microbiology. I like the format better than Mahon's Diagnostic Microbiology. The only negative: this is NOT a book you want to carry in your book bag. Even I think it's heavy.

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