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Outbreak: Cases in Real-World Microbiology

Author: Rodney P. Anderson1
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Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio;
Content Type: Textbook
Publication Year: 2006

Category: General Interest; Best-Selling Textbook

is a fascinating new textbook targeting introductory microbiology instructors and students. Generously illustrated with color photographs, the book integrates headline-making disease outbreaks into the microbiology coursework and is the first work of its kind to utilize material that directly impacts college-age students. Unique in its presentation, is designed to offer instructors the flexibility to use the book effectively in a number of ways, while providing students with the critical content they need.

A total of 96 classroom-tested case studies cover the topics of microbiology, including basic microbiology concepts, medical microbiology, bioterrorism, environmental microbiology, and industrial microbiology. The cases that are presented cover a wide array of outbreaks at differing levels of difficulty and can be taught at all undergraduate levels. At the end of each case study are questions for students to think about and answer. An appendix directs students to specific reference material which provides information relevant to the study questions and encourages students to apply the reference content to the case being studied. An additional appendix provides handy information about antimicrobial agents in table format.

Each of the nine sections of the book features a College Perspective and a Global Perspective case study. The College Perspective provides a direct and practical link between the microbiology course and the daily lives of students. The Global Perspective connects students with outbreaks that have occurred in countries around the world. The latter facilitates understanding of the social, religious, and political values at play in a given outbreak situation and introduces students to the economic forces that impact the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. At the end of each section, following the case studies, are detailed descriptions of the diseases involved in the outbreak case studies. These descriptions offer concise information on the cause, transmission, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these diseases.

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17 August 2013

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Outbreak: Cases in Real-World Microbiology is a fascinating new textbook targeting introductory microbiology instructors and students. Generously illustrated with color photographs, the book integrates headline-making disease outbreaks into the microbiology coursework and is the first work of its kind to utilize material that directly impacts college-age students. Unique in its presentation, Outbreak is designed to offer instructors the flexibility to use the book effectively in a number of ways, while providing students with the critical content they need. A total of 96 classroom-tested case studies cover the topics of microbiology, including basic microbiology concepts, medical microbiology, bioterrorism, environmental microbiology, and industrial microbiology. The cases that are presented cover a wide array of outbreaks at differing levels of difficulty and can be taught at all undergraduate levels. At the end of each case study are questions for students to think about and answer. An appendix directs students to specific reference material which provides information relevant to the study questions and encourages students to apply the reference content to the case being studied. An additional appendix provides handy information about antimicrobial agents in table format. Each of the nine sections of the book features a College Perspective and a Global Perspective case study. The College Perspective provides a direct and practical link between the microbiology course and the daily lives of students. The Global Perspective connects students with outbreaks that have occurred in countries around the world. The latter facilitates understanding of the social, religious, and political values at play in a given outbreak situation and introduces students to the economic forces that impact the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. At the end of each section, following the case studies, are detailed descriptions of the diseases.

Description

This unique book presents infectious disease cases with real-world examples of epidemics. Using these examples of case studies and good illustrations, the book covers the basics of infectious microbiology.

Purpose

The goal is to demonstrate how infectious disease outbreaks influence society, including the world the student inhabits. The author's goal is to "help the student make the important connections between the content of the (microbiology) course, their everyday lives, and the ways in which microbiology impacts society." In this book the author has presented a very unique and interesting view of microbiology.

Audience

The book is primarily written for undergraduate students. However, I found it to be very interesting reading. The detail on the number, extent, and documentation of infectious disease outbreaks is impressive. Many of these examples could be used in the medical school education curriculum. Dr. Anderson has used his experience in teaching to create a new and exciting way of learning microbiology.

Features

This book covers almost 100 different case studies in nine different sections. Each case is presented in a way that connects the student with real life experiences. The cases are followed by a set of questions that will assist the student in understanding the disease. At the end of each of the nine sections there is a description of each disease involved in the outbreak cases as well as information about the transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the infection. Additional material, presented at the end of the book as an appendix, includes information about antimicrobial agents and resource material. Missing from this appendix is information on preventive measures such as vaccinations. Thus, a table of current vaccines might enhance this textbook.

Assessment

This is a very distinctive textbook that uses infectious disease outbreaks to lead the student to learn the basics of microbiology. It prompts readers to learn more about the topic and then provides concise information about each microorganism. The author also provides a number of easy to obtain references that will assist students in learning.

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Reviewer: Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Review Date: Unknown

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