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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ralph C. Gordon, MD. (Michigan State University)
Description: This set provides a comprehensive treatise on microbiology which would be of great use to anyone involved in researching or teaching microbiology or who cares for patients with infection. This revision provides many good clinical correlations.
Purpose: As a treatise on microbiology for laboratory workers, teachers, and clinicians dealing with infectious diseases, the objectives are to fill the need for a comprehensive reference source in microbiology that is detailed and up-to-date. It more than meets the stated objectives and, as far as I am concerned, is without equal.
Audience: According to the preface, this is a reference supplies extensive information on microbiology, but I believe it is also an indispensable source of information for the clinician.
Features: There are good illustrations in all aspects, including laboratory and clinically-related photographs and material on epidemiology. The references are quite up-to-date and very extensive in documentation. Indexing is outstanding and consists of an additional volume which provides a comprehensive index for the set in addition to the index at the end of each volume. The book is well manufactured with appropriate color illustrations of clinical examples and laboratory findings.
Assessment: This edition is the very best. It remains the bible for microbiology and many unique additions make it of great value to the infectious disease clinician. It is a must for any library supporting research and teaching in microbiology and infectious disease, and is a truly comprehensive source on all areas of the microbiology discipline.