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Mims’ Microbiology makes it easy for you to learn the microbiology and basic immunology concepts you need to know for your courses and USMLE. Using a clinically relevant, systems-based approach, this popular medical textbook accessibly explains the microbiology of the agents that cause diseases and the diseases that affect individual organ systems. With lavish illustrations and straightforward, accessible explanations, Mims’ Microbiology makes this complex subject simple to understand and remember.

• Learn about infections in the context of major body systems
and understand why these are environments in which microbes can establish themselves, flourish, and give rise to pathologic changes. This systems-based approach to microbiology employs integrated and case-based teaching that places the "bug parade" into a clinical context.
• Grasp and retain vital concepts easily
thanks to a user-friendly color-coded format, succinct text, key concept boxes, and dynamic illustrations.
• Effectively review for problem-based courses
with the help of chapter introductions and "Lessons in Microbiology" text boxes that highlight the clinical relevance of the material, offer easy access to key concepts, and provide valuable review tools.
• Approach microbiology by body system or by pathogen
through an extensively cross-referenced "Pathogen Review" section.
• Access the complete contents online at studentconsult.com
, along with downloadable illustrations…150 multiple choice review questions... "Pathogen Parade"...and many other features to enhance learning and retention.

• Enhance your learning and absorb complex information
in an interactive, dynamic way with Pathogen Parade - a quickly searchable online glossary of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
• Deepen your understanding of epidemiology and the important role it plays in providing evidence-based identification of key risk factors for disease and targets for preventive medicine.
A completely re-written chapter on this topic keeps abreast of the very latest findings.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a classic medical student textbook that covers infectious agents as well as the human immune system response to these infections. Since the last edition was published in 2004, there have been a number of new issues in infectious disease, including the identification of new infectious agents as well as antibiotics used to treat them. This new information is crucial to understanding the changing nature of microorganisms and how this affects the human host.
Purpose: This book was specifically designed as a textbook for medical students. The intent is to create a comprehensive resource that includes the basic science principles of infectious agents as well as the systemic approach. As with past editions, this is an excellent textbook for teaching these principles.
Audience: It is directed at second year medical students, but would serve as a good reference for residents and physicians in practice. The authors have been involved in previous editions and continue to create an excellent book.
Features: This comprehensive textbook covers all known infectious agents from bacteria and viruses to parasites as diverse as malaria and worms as well as arthropods. It also explains the unique pathogens known as prions. Each subject is well organized and starts with the basic scientific information about each agent. A number of unique details are included in the chapters such as a "conflicts" section that explains unique problems with pathogens that are critical to understanding the disease. Each chapter has a boxed area at the end that highlights the key facts covered in that chapter and how they may be related to other infectious agents. Another unique feature is the section entitled "Lessons in Microbiology" in some chapters. These sections provide a unique historical perspective on a disease, the epidemiology of a disease, or special considerations regarding a host and a specific agent of disease.
Assessment: This classic textbook covers the basic science, epidemiology of, and treatment for infectious disease. Although intended for medical students, it is useful for any medical professional needing a good textbook in basic microbiology and infectious disease.
From the Publisher
"This is a useful book for understanding immunology, as it puts it across in a clear and concise way. It also clarifies microbe classification, beyond what you find in clinical books. The depth of the information in the book is easy to follow and understand, and is good level for any medical student. The book also comes with access to student consult, with all its online goodies.
With its easy to use layout and useful summaries at the end of each section it will also be helpful during revision, especially to clear up any areas of difficulty. To top it off it even has little historical information boxes to provide a break from studying."
Medical Student, Glasgow University, UK
"I found myself wishing that I had been able to access such a textbook during my own training back in the eighties. Overall this book is an impressive achievement. It is clearly written, makes great use of full colour diagrams, illustration and pictures. It is up to date and is written by leaders in the field. The contribution of Peter Chiodini to this textbook results in an excellent coverage of modern parasitology...an excellent textbook to accompany an undergraduate medical course in medical microbiology."
Professor John Croall, The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists. April 2008, Number 142

BMA Book Awards 2008 - Commended

"I like the way the book is set out focusing on the interactions between host and pathogen. It’s easy to find information with clear tables, illustrations, good subject headings etc. Information is well-summarised in various sections including "Pathogen parade". This book is a very good holistic approach to learning microbiology with a focus not only on pathogens but on the complex relationships with the host. There is a right amount of detail for the intended readership with information clearly summarised. The excellent accompanying illustrations enhance the text."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323044752
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/3/2007
  • Series: Trauma Manual Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.77 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A contemporary approach to microbiology


1. Microbes as parasites

2. The bacteria

3. The viruses

4. The fungi

5. The protozoa

6. The helminths and arthropods

7. Prions

8. The host-parasite relationship


9. The innate defenses of the body

10. Adaptive responses provide a ‘quantum leap’ in effective defense

11. The cellular basis of adaptive immune responses


12. Background to the infectious diseases

13. Entry, exit and transmission

14. Immune defenses in action

15. Spread and replication

16. Parasite survival strategies and persistent infections

17. Pathologic consequences of infection


18. Upper respiratory tract infections

19. Lower respiratory tract infections

20. Urinary tract infections

21. Sexually transmitted infections

22. Gastrointestinal tract infections

23. Obstetric and perinatal infections

24. Central nervous system infections

25. Infections of the eye

26. Infections of the skin, soft tissue, muscle and associated systems

27. Vector-borne infections

28. Multisystem zoonoses

29. Fever of unknown origin

30. Infections in the compromised host


31. Diagnosis of infection and assessment of host defense mechanisms

32. Epidemiology and control of infectious diseases

33. Attacking the enemy: antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy

34. Protecting the host: vaccination

35. Passive and non-specific immunotherapy

36. Hospital infection, sterilization and disinfection

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