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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is an updated version of a popular textbook designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical microbiology. It uses a variety of learning features that will enhance the experience of students.
Purpose: The purpose of the new edition is to update the book and enhance it with new features. There is clearly a great need for this since clinical microbiology is an evolving science with many new discoveries in the last few years.
Audience: This will be an excellent tool to teach the foundations of clinical microbiology to healthcare professionals, especially clinical laboratory scientists. The authors are experienced educators and they include material from many well established clinical microbiologists.
Features: The book covers all the information necessary for detecting infectious agents in a clinical laboratory. It is divided into three distinct sections, beginning with a good review of the role of a clinical laboratory and the technical details of each technique, some of which are new and have changed the approach to testing algorithms. The second section has several chapters that establish the methods and tests used to identify infectious microbes in a clinical laboratory. These chapters contain high quality color pictures that show reactions typically performed during bacterial identification. They also show good pictures of Gram stains and characteristics of the colony morphology of bacteria as well as good tables that list tests that differentiate infectious agents. The last section provides an organ-based approach to infectious disease and which specimens are likely to yield the infectious agent. These well designed chapters allow for the discussion of the variety of infectious agents that infect different body sites. All chapters start with a case report on an infection and include the laboratory data. Additional case studies are available online. At the end of each chapter, a set of questions guide learners to essential material.
Assessment: This is an excellent microbiology textbook that could be used in the classroom for training laboratory scientists. It also would be very useful as a reference in the clinical microbiology laboratory. This is a must-have for any clinical microbiologist.