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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph R. Lentino, M.D.,Ph.D(Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is a pictorial review of medical microbiology and infectious diseases. The text is sparse, but the illustrations tell the story in a simple way that is easy to understand.
Purpose: The purpose is to simplify the acquisition of basic knowledge in the field of infectious diseases. The objectives are worthwhile and by and large are met in this book.
Audience: The authors intend the book for students of medicine. However, it is too watered down to be of much use to average medical students, but it would be an excellent book for an undergraduate class on microbiology and for paramedical students such as dieticians, nurses, laboratory technology students, etc.
Features: The first chapters provide an overview of medical microbiology, antibiotic therapy, immunology, and infection control. The book moves on to cover a wide array of pathogens by type and species, i.e. bacteria, then S. aureus. It closes with a review of common infectious syndromes. What is novel is that the subject of each chapter, no matter how complex, is illustrated and discussed in no more than two pages of text. There are a few typographical errors and a few mistakes taxonomically: e.g., S. aureus is still classified as belonging to the family Micrococcaceae, when it now belongs to a new family Bacillaceae; likewise, on page 85, Septata intestinalis has been changed to a new genus, Enterocephalozoan intestinalis. However, these errors are few and do not diminish the value of the book.
Assessment: Compared to the usual books in this field, the illustrations are helpful and interesting, while the text is very abbreviated. Hence, I believe it will leave serious medical students looking for more detail.