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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a concise review of the fundamental components of microbiology and immunology that covers all major pathogen groups including bacterial, viral, yeast and fungi, and common parasites of man. The information is presented in a highly descriptive and well-organized fashion.
Purpose: The book is meant as a review of the essential components of microbiology and immunology. The primary audiences for this are medical students preparing to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). However, the book could also be used as a review for any individual studying medical microbiology and immunology at the university level.
Audience: It is written for medical and graduate students, although it could also be used by other healthcare professionals who are interested in a review of medical microbiology and immunology. The book should not be considered as a primary text because the descriptions are brief and lack in-depth detail.
Features: The authors have organized the book into seven major chapters with many tables that enhance the overall quality of the text. In addition, at the end of each chapter are a series of questions that are meant to test the student's comprehension of the subject matter. Because there are few references, the book should only be used as a companion text to a more formal textbook of microbiology and immunology.
Assessment: This is an adequate review of medical microbiology and immunology. Because of the brevity of the chapters the text value is limited to those individuals desiring a concise review of a rather broad topic. However, this group is quite diverse and includes medical and graduate students and other healthcare professionals and students interested in the topic of medical microbiology.