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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard Goering, PhD (Creighton University School of Medicine)
Description: This the fifth edition of a book recognized for its presentation of medical microbiology and immunology. The book is well designed, with introductory chapters considering more basic information including principles of host defense, followed by chapters specifically addressing bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic agents. The final section provides a systems-based overview of these agents in infection. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: Intended for use in courses for students in the health professions, the book successfully explores medical microbiology and immunology using a three-part presentation: principles, infectious agents, and pathophysiology of infectious diseases. This presentation makes the book adaptable for a variety of learning contexts, including organism-based and systems-based educational approaches.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical, allied health, graduate and/or advanced undergraduate students in medical microbiology and infectious diseases.
Features: The book is innovative in providing a comprehensive overview of both fundamental and applied information. The three-part presentation works well and the tables and figures are excellent. Some of the chapters in the first part present a rather high-level subject overview. For example, chapter 4 does not thoroughly discuss gene transfer — transduction, transformation, conjugation — and chapter 5 could provide more in-depth discussion of specific antimicrobial agents and their microbial targets. In the organism-specific chapters the clinical cases with questions (answers at the back of the book in Appendix A) are well done and should enhance the learning process for students who take advantage of them. The quick reference summary tables in Appendix B should also be of help to professional students who may feel overwhelmed with learning material they need to master quickly. Overall, the book does an excellent job of accomplishing what it set out to do.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for its intended audience and will prove valuable for students seeking to understand this important and complex topic. The material is current and represents an important revision of the 2007 edition. The book is a worthy member of the group of quality medical microbiology texts such as Medical Microbiology, 7th edition, Murray et al. (Elsevier, 2013) and Mims' Medical Microbiology, 5th edition, Goering et al. (Elsevier, 2013).