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From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This book focuses on newer technologies recently implemented in the clinical microbiology laboratory and how best to use them to diagnose bacterial infections.
Purpose: The editor and authors did not intend for this book to be a comprehensive text on either infectious diseases or clinical microbiology procedures. They chose to focus instead on technology recently implemented in clinical microbiology laboratories and how this technology assists with diagnosing bacterial infections.
Audience: The editor does not specify an audience for this book, but my opinion is that it would be most useful to the practicing clinical microbiologist (MD or PhD) or microbiology specialist (CLS). The detailed information would be too advanced for those with less practical experience in clinical microbiology.
Features: The book covers the clinical uses of modern technology in the diagnosis of bacterial infection. It is replete with factual information and is a fairly dense read. There are few illustrations. For the experienced microbiologist, however, the information is pretty useful. For example, the chapter on "Molecular Diagnostics: Present and Future" is remarkably complete and current, including a nice discussion on whole genomic sequencing and microarray/DNA chip technology. I was disappointed that this book was restricted to only bacterial infections, since many of the technologies discussed are, in fact, applicable to all of microbiology (including virology, parasitology, mycology and mycobacteriology).
Assessment: I would recommend this book to experienced clinical microbiologists. The second edition is necessary given the tremendous changes in technology, and the book has incorporated this new information nicely. It would be useful to have available as a reference.