Molecular Medical Microbiology


The molecular age has brought about dramatic changes in medical microbiology, and great leaps in our understanding of the mechanisms of infectious disease. Molecular Medical Microbiology is the first book to synthesise the many new developments in both molecular and clinical research in a single comprehensive resource.
This timely and authoritative 3-volume work is an invaluable reference source of medical bacteriology. Comprising over 100 ...

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The molecular age has brought about dramatic changes in medical microbiology, and great leaps in our understanding of the mechanisms of infectious disease. Molecular Medical Microbiology is the first book to synthesise the many new developments in both molecular and clinical research in a single comprehensive resource.
This timely and authoritative 3-volume work is an invaluable reference source of medical bacteriology. Comprising over 100 chapters, organised into 17 major sections, the scope of this impressive work is wide-ranging.
Written by experts in the field, chapters include cutting edge information, and clinical overviews for each major bacterial group, in addition to the latest updates on vaccine development, molecular technology and diagnostic technology.

• The first comprehensive and accessible reference on Molecular Medical Microbiology
• Two color presentation throughout
• Full colour plate section
• Fully integrated and meticulously organised
• In depth discussion of individual pathogenic bacteria in a system-oriented approach
• Includes a clinical overview for each major bacterial group
• Presents the latest information on vaccine development, molecular technology and diagnostic technology
• Extensive indexing and cross-referencing throughout Over 100 chapters covering all major groups of bacteria
• Written by an international panel of authors expert in their respective disciplines
• Over 2300 pages in three volumes

Audience: Medical microbiologists in training and practice, infectious disease physicians involved in research. Postgraduate students and above interested in molecular microbiology, microbiology, infectious disease, virology, and biochemistry.

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Editorial Reviews

Albert Ballows
...without question this work is destined to be successful as a teaching and information resource. ...Each chapter is well referenced should additional information be desired. ...Indeed, this work deserves a place in medical libraries because it is leading the way to where medical microbiology is going.
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Reviewer:Thomas C Zahrt, Ph.D.(Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description:This set of books offers an extensive overview of medical microbiology from a molecular standpoint. The three- volume set details a wide variety of disease-causing bacterial pathogens prominent in today's society, and succinctly summarizes many fundamental aspects of classical microbiology, including how such factors contribute to the lifestyle of pathogenic organisms.
Purpose:The book describe a wide range of current information regarding various aspects of bacterial pathogenesis. Certain fundamental aspects of microbiology are emphasized; however, the majority of information addresses recent molecular advances that have contributed to the rapidly expanding field of microbial pathogenesis. Although this was undoubtedly a daunting task considering the rapidly progressing evolution of this field, the authors have met this objective with flying colors and have provided to the scientific community a wonderful set of books detailing the most current knowledge in the field. This is a most welcome addition to the field.
Audience:The book is written for a wide audience, ranging from medical students and seasoned clinicians to academic scientists. The authors have done an excellent job of including information relevant to a wide range of readers regardless of their background and specific interests, while at the same time presenting it in a way that can be comprehended by all. The authors of each chapter are all experts in their particular field.
Features:The first volume describes fundamental areas of microbiology that are generally relevant to all microorganisms, but whose function are particularly important in the context of bacterial pathogenesis. These include aspects of bacterial structure, cell function, genetics, antibacterial agents, and general mechanisms of pathogenesis and prevention. The second and third volumes describe in detail numerous pathogenic bacteria arranged according to their route of infection or characteristic traits. The list of organisms described in these two volumes are extensive, covering nearly every bacterial pathogen that is a source of disease in today's society. These three volumes provide the reader with a plethora of easily digestible information that is interspersed among useful figures and color art plates. Morever, the information is presented in a comprehensive, yet organized manner, making this a useful resource for readers of all backgrounds. This book will undoubtedly be a great resource for medical students or those teaching medical microbiology.
Assessment:This set is a wonderful addition to the field of medical microbiology. It contains an enormous wealth of useful information, and successfully depicts the most recent developments that have continued to exponentially expand the field of bacterial pathogenesis. This will be an extremely useful resource for medical students, clinicians, and academic scientists alike.
From The Critics
This professional compendium of bacterial disease and treatment presents information regarding vaccine development, molecular technology, and diagnostic technology. Chapters include up-to-date information and clinical overviews for each major bacterial group, as well as recent findings on vaccine development, molecular technology, and diagnostic technology. Some 100 chapters covering major groups of bacteria are distributed among the following 17 sections: bacterial structure, bacterial cell function, genetics, antibacterial agents, mechanisms of pathogenesis and prevention, animal and ectoparasitic source infections, disseminating bacterial infections, localized infections, mycobacterial infections, anaerobic infections, sexually transmitted infections, and infections of the gastro-intestinal tract, urinary tract, respiratory system, and central nervous system. Each article features its own table of contents and list of references, and the set is extensively indexed and cross-referenced. Contributors are from the US, Europe, Australia, and Israel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126775334
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 2223

Meet the Author

Max Sussman, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Medical School, U.K.
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An essential addition to any academic and research library or laboratory.

2002 Commended Title Award in the Basic and Clinical Sciences Category
-- British Medical Association Medical Book Competition
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Table of Contents

1.Molecular Medical Microbiology - The Concept BACTERIAL STRUCTURE
2.Bacterial Ultrastructure
3.Bacterial Cell Walls - An Overview
4.Capsular Polysaccharides
5.Teichoic Acids Of Gram-Positive Bacteria
6.Cell Wall Associated Proteins
10.Fimbriae And Pili
11.Spores And Sporulation And Germination BACTERIAL CELL FUNCTION
12.Bacterial Growth, Cultivability And Viability
13.Vital Energy For Bacterial Growth And Production
15.Bacterial Chromosomes And Their Replication
16.Protein Synthesis
17.Macromolecule Export GENETICS
18.Bacterial Genomics In The Study Of Virulence
19.Mechanisms Of Gene Exchange Between Bacteria
20.The Mobility Of Genetic Material
21.Co-Ordination Of Virulence
22.Population Genetics Of Bacterial Pathogens
23.A Phylogentic Perpsective On Molecular Epidemiology
24.Genetic Manipulation
25.Electrophoretic Typing
26.Nucleic Acid Probes And The Polymerase Chain Reaction ANTIBACTERIAL AGENTS
27.Endogenous Antimicrobial Molecules
28.Antimicrobial Action: The Principles
29.Antibiotics That Act On The Cell Wall And Membrane
30.Antibiotics That Act On Nucleic Acids And Protein Biosynthesis
31.Mechanisms Of Antimicrobial Resistance
33.Adhesion And Colonisation
35.Microbial Growth And Nutrition In The Host
36.The Generation Of Inflammatory Responses
37.Strategies For Survival Of Extracellular Pathogens
38.Strategies For Survival Of Intracellular Pathogens
40.Interactions With The Compromised Host
42.Disseminating Infections: A Clinical Overview
43.Staphylococcus Aureus
44.Coagulase Negative Staphylococci And Their Role In Infection
45.Streptococcus Pyogenes
46.Streptococci Of Group B
47.Streptococci Of Groups C And G
48.The Enterococci
49.Actinomyces And Nocardia
51.Burkholderia Mallei And Burkholderia Pseudomallei
54.The Pathogenesis Of Infective Endocarditis
55.Indwelling Device Infections LOCALISED INFECTIONS
56.Localised Skin And Mucosal Infections: A Clinical Overview
57.The Cutaneous Propionibacterium
58.Erysipelothrix Rhusiopathiae
59.Oral Bacterial Infections TOXIN-ASSOCIATED DISEASES
60.Toxin Induced Gastrointestinal Disease: A Clinical Overview
61.The Staphylococcal Enterotoxins
62.Clostridium Perfringens: Enterotoxaemic Diseases
63.Clostridium Botulinum
64.Clostridium Difficile
65.The Bacillus Cereus Group
66.Vibrio Cholerae
68.Superficial Gastro-Intestinal Infections: A Clinical Overview
70.Vibrio Parahaemolyticus And Vibrio Vulnificus
73.Systemic Gastro-Intestinal Infection: A Clinical Overview
74.Salmonella Typhi And Paratyphi
75.Non-Typhoidal Salmonella Infection
76.Yersinia Enterocolitica
77.Listeria Monocytogenes
79.Diarrhoeagenic Escherichia Coli URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
80.Uriniary Tract Infections: A Clinical Overview
81.Escherichia Coli In Urinary Tract Infections
83.Respiratory Tract Infections: A Clinical Overview
84.Corynebacterium Diphtheriae
85.Bordetella Pertussis
86.Streptococcus Pneumoniae
87.Klebsiella Pneumonia
89.Moraxella (Branhamella) Catarrhalis
90.Mycoplasma Pneumoniae And Other Mycoplasmas
91.Coxiella Burnetii
93.Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
94.Mycobacterium Leprae
95.The Mycobacterium Avium-Intracellulare Complex SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
96.Sexually Transmitted And Genital Infections: A Clinical Overview
97.Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
98.Treponema Pallidum
99.Haemophilus Ducreyi ANAEROBIC INFECTIONS
100.Anaerobic Infections: A Clinical Overview
101.Clostridium Perfringens: Wound Infections
102.Clostridium Tetani
104.Central Nervous System Infections A Clinical Overview
105.Neisseria Meningitidis
106.Haemophilus Influenzae
107.Infections Of The Eye: A Clinical Overview ANIMAL AND ECOPARASITIC SOURCE INFECTIONS
108.Bacillus Anthracis And Other Bacillus Species
109.Yersinia Pestis
110.Borrelia Burgdorferi
111.Borrelia Recurrentis
112.Bartonella Spp.
117.Uncultured Pathogens

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