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From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive textbook of diagnostic microbiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a student-friendly "building-block" approach to diagnostic microbiology.
Audience: This book would be useful for medical technology students, practicing clinical laboratory scientists, clinical microbiologists, and educators.
Features: This is a comprehensive textbook of diagnostic microbiology, ranging from basic theoretical concepts to actual practical tips for the bench-level microbiologist. There are excellent diagnostic algorithms for identification of various bacteria, and nicely illustrated sections on newer rapid antigen detection tests and "emergent" molecular-biology based technologies. A truly outstanding feature of this book is the wonderful collection of photographs of bacteria stains, various colorimetric biochemical reactions, and representative growth of various bacteria on different media. The chapter on "Microscopic Examination of Infected Materials" alone may be worth the price of this entire book, given the unbelievably comprehensive collection of photomicrographs demonstrating a wide variety of bacteria in various specimens with different stains. The captions to these photomicrographs are also extraordinarily well written and of high educational value, clearly detailing how the original observations — depending on specimen source — influence the final interpretation.
Assessment: This is a great reference text to have ready at hand on the bookshelf for everyday use in a clinical microbiology laboratory. It is also a very nice textbook from which to teach a course focused on the principles and applications of diagnostic microbiology.