Medical Microbiology and Infection at a Glance / Edition 3

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This concise introduction to medical microbiology and infection strives to encapsulate the fundamental facts and principles of this rapidly growing and changing subject area. Written by experienced clinicians and teachers, the text covers the basic concepts of medical microbiology, the main human pathogens and the infectious syndromes in an accessible and lucid format. The text provides comprehensive coverage of both the most common and other important but rarer diseases and also features:

* A strong focus on the key issues most important for a student to learn
* The latest treatments and diagnostic tests, as well as newly discovered organisms
* Additional material on hospital infection and streptococcal disease
* Highly visual colour presentation and self-assessment cases to enable the student to understand how the knowledge is used in practice

Medical Microbiology and Infection at a Glance is a useful introduction and revision aid for medical and allied health students and will provide valuable insight for anyone seeking a comprehensive and concise guide to this subject area.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
“It would be an excellent book for an undergraduate class on microbiology … the subject of each chapter … is illustrated and discussed in no more than two pages…”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152556
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Gillespie, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Microbiology at Royal Free Hospital and University College Medical School

Kathleen Bamford, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Medical Microbiology at Imperial College Medical School and the Hammersmith Hospital

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Table of Contents

Preface to third edition.

Preface to first edition.


Chapter 1 Structure and classification of bacteria.

Chapter 2 Innate immunity and normal flora.

Chapter 3 Pathogenicity and pathogenesis of infectious disease.

Chapter 4 The laboratory investigation of infection.

Chapter 5 Antibacterial therapy.

Chapter 6 Antibiotics in clinical use.

Chapter 7 Resistance to antibacterial agents.

Chapter 8 Spread and control of infection.

Chapter 9 Hospital acquired infections.

Chapter 10 Control of infection in hospital.

Chapter 11 Vaccination.

Chapter 12 Emerging infections.


Chapter 13 Staphylococcus.

Chapter 14 Streptococcal infections.

Chapter 15 Streptococcus pneumoniae and other Gram positive and alpha haemolytic streptococci.

Chapter 16 Corynebacterium, Listeria and Bacillus.

Chapter 17 Mycobacteria.

Chapter 18 Clostridium.

Chapter 19 Non-sporing anaerobic infections.

Chapter 20 Neisseria and Haemophilus.

Chapter 21 Small Gram-negative cocco-bacilli: Bordetella, Brucella, Francisella, Yersinia and Bartonella.

Chapter 22 Pathogenicity of Enteric Gram negative bacilli.

Chapter 23 Enterobacteriaciae clinical syndromes.

Chapter 24 Vibrio, Campylobacter and Helicobacter.

Chapter 25 Environmental pathogens: Pseudomonas, Burkholderia and Legionella.

Chapter 26 Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Rickettsia.

Chapter 27 Spiral bacteria.


Chapter 28 Virus structure, classification and antiviral therapy.

Chapter 29 Herpesvirus I.

Chapter 30 Herpesvirus II.

Chapter 31 DNA viruses: adenovirus, parvovirus and poxvirus.

Chapter 32 Measles, mumps and rubella.

Chapter 33 Influenza and parainfluenza viruses.

Chapter 34 Enteroviruses and viruses infecting the gastrointestinal tract.

Chapter 35 Hepatitis viruses.

Chapter 36 Tropical, exotic or arboviral infections.


Chapter 37 Yeast infections.

Chapter 38 Filamentous fungi.


Chapter 39 Intestinal protozoa.

Chapter 40 Malaria, leishmania and trypanosomiasis.

Chapter 41 Gut helminths.

Chapter 42 Tissue helminths.

Systematic infection.

Chapter 43 Congenital and perinatal infections.

Chapter 44 HIV infections and AIDS.

Chapter 45 Pyrexia of unknown origin and septicaemia.

Chapter 46 Endocarditis, myocarditis and pericarditis.

Chapter 47 Infections of the central nervous system.

Chapter 48 Respiratory tract infections.

Chapter 49 Urinary and genital infections.

Chapter 50 Infection of the bones and joints.

Chapter 51 Bacterial diarrhoeal disease.

Chapter 52 Zoonoses.

Chapter 53 Infection in immunocompromised patients.

Chapter 54 Ocular infection.

Chapter 55 Infections of the skin and soft tissue.

Self assessment cases.


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