Microbiology: Principles and Health Science Applications

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This is an excellent resource devoted to microbiology as it relates to health related professions. The text includes a clinical focus and concise presentation of information. It assumes no previous knowledge of biology or chemistry. The book features learning objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and case studies to enforce learning and retention. It also contains an appendix full of prefixes, roots and suffixes used in microbiology.

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Overview

This is an excellent resource devoted to microbiology as it relates to health related professions. The text includes a clinical focus and concise presentation of information. It assumes no previous knowledge of biology or chemistry. The book features learning objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and case studies to enforce learning and retention. It also contains an appendix full of prefixes, roots and suffixes used in microbiology.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Ann H. McDonald
The authors of this book introduce allied health science majors to the study of microorganisms that cause disease. Descriptions of laboratory studies are minimized in an effort to focus on providing the student with a very basic understanding of microbiology. The purpose is to provide a basic text for nonscience majors entering an allied health science field. The number of allied health fields are increasing, as is the need for trained personnel. Authors who can target students who have had no prior courses in science are required. Therefore, these authors' objectives are worthy and there is a definite need for texts like these. The target audience is undergraduates or students in technical colleges pursuing associate degrees who have not taken any college-level science courses. The authors have considerable experience teaching undergraduate microbiology and have written this text at an appropriate level for nonscience majors. This is a classic introduction to the broad range of topics covered in the majority of microbiology texts with an emphasis on microorganisms of clinical importance. Disease mechanisms are presented in broad terms with little emphasis on laboratory identification. The strengths are clear explanations of basic microbiology principles (i.e., observation and structure of microbial cells), classification of microorganisms, and infectious disease signs and symptoms. This textbook will be most appropriate for students working toward associate degrees in allied health sciences. The purpose is to clarify and simplify the principles of microbiology while providing the student with a fundamental understanding of how microorganisms cause disease in humans. The authorsdistinguish this book from other texts by their nonexperimental approach. This textbook would not be appropriate for students preparing for careers in laboratory science.
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Reviewer:Ann H. McDonald, PhD(Concordia University of Wisconsin)
Description:The authors of this book introduce allied health science majors to the study of microorganisms that cause disease. Descriptions of laboratory studies are minimized in an effort to focus on providing the student with a very basic understanding of microbiology.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a basic text for nonscience majors entering an allied health science field. The number of allied health fields are increasing, as is the need for trained personnel. Authors who can target students who have had no prior courses in science are required. Therefore, these authors' objectives are worthy and there is a definite need for texts like these.
Audience:The target audience is undergraduates or students in technical colleges pursuing associate degrees who have not taken any college-level science courses. The authors have considerable experience teaching undergraduate microbiology and have written this text at an appropriate level for nonscience majors.
Features:This is a classic introduction to the broad range of topics covered in the majority of microbiology texts with an emphasis on microorganisms of clinical importance. Disease mechanisms are presented in broad terms with little emphasis on laboratory identification. The strengths are clear explanations of basic microbiology principles (i.e., observation and structure of microbial cells), classification of microorganisms, and infectious disease signs and symptoms.
Assessment:This textbook will be most appropriate for students working toward associate degrees in allied healthsciences. The purpose is to clarify and simplify the principles of microbiology while providing the student with a fundamental understanding of how microorganisms cause disease in humans. The authors distinguish this book from other texts by their nonexperimental approach. This textbook would not be appropriate for students preparing for careers in laboratory science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721691787
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 112

Table of Contents

UNIT ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY Discovery and Diversity of the Microbial World The Chemistry of Life Observations of Microorganisms Structure of Microbial Cells UNIT TWO: GROWTH, METABOLISM, AND VARIATION Microbial Growth Microbial Metabolism Microbial Genetics UNIT THREE: MAJOR GROUPS OF MICROORGANISMS AND MULTICELLULAR PARASITES Procaryotes: Eubacteria and Archaebacteria Eucaryotes: Algae, Protozoa, and Fungi Viruses UNIT FOUR: HOST-PARASITE RELATIONSHIPS Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases The Nature of Pathogenicity The Immune Response Altered Immune Responses: Hypersensitivities UNIT FIVE: INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF HUMANS Diseases of the Skin, Hair, and Nails Diseases of the Respiratory System Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System Diseases of the Genitourinary Tract Diseases of the Nervous System, Eye, and Ear Diseases of Blood, Lymph, and Immune System UNIT SIX: CONTROL OF MICROORGANISMS Disinfection and Sterilization Antimicrobial and Chemotherapeutic Agents UNIT SEVEN: ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD MICROBIOLOGY Microbiology and the Environment Microbiology of Food and Beverages Appendix A: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes Used in Microbiology Appendix B: Temperature and Metric System Measurements Appendix C: Classification of Bacteria Appendix D: Pronunciation Guide

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