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Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus

Editors: Stewart T. Cole1, Kathleen Davis Eisenach2, David N. McMurray3, William R. Jacobs, Jr.4
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Affiliations: 1: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France; 2: University of Arkansas for Health Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas; 3: Texas A &M University, College Station, Texas; 4: Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, New York
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2005

Category: Bacterial Pathogenesis; Clinical Microbiology

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The World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global health emergency, and despite efforts toward eradication, the situation has intensified. Social and operational factors, including the growing AIDS epidemic and increasing drug resistance, have dramatically compounded the tuberculosis crisis. , an extension of the 1994 publication , is a state-of-the-art review of the corpus of knowledge available to researchers in the field.

Divided into three comprehensive sections, this new volume begins with an examination of the current issues related to tuberculosis, including clinical and epidemiological features of the disease-causing strains. Topics explored in the second section include genetics, genomics, cell structure, and metabolism of . concludes with a detailed discussion of the host-bacillus relationship and presents information on animal models and their roles in prevention of tuberculosis.

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At A Glance

Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus, an extension of the 1994 publication Tuberculosis, is a state-of-the-art review of the corpus of knowledge available to researchers in the field. Divided into three comprehensive sections, this new volume begins with an examination of the current issues related to tuberculosis, including clinical and epidemiological features of the disease-causing strains. Topics explored in the second section include genetics, genomics, cell structure, and metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Description

This account of tuberculosis contains 37 chapters organized into three sections. The first section, composed of eight chapters, is an introduction dealing primarily with historical and epidemiological issues. The second section of 16 chapters deals primarily with genomics and genetics of the organism. The final 13 chapters are devoted to host-pathogen interactions.

Purpose

The authors strive to select and present the latest developments in many areas about the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This book has significant merit in that information concerning new developments in areas such as genomics, vaccine and drug development, and host-response mechanisms is reviewed and presented in a concise manner.

Audience

This book will be valued by many in medicine, including students, clinicians, laboratory personnel, and public health officers, who find themselves interacting with the pathogen at many different levels. The inclusion of the information from 92 contributing authors serves to heighten the value of this book as well as expand the scope of the author's intentions.

Features

Each of the three sections contains chapters devoted to discussions and information relevant to the section. For example, the section on the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis contains topics ranging from genomics and genetics to cell structure and metabolism. Each subsection is then broken down further into topics of current interest or new research. The book is more than adequately illustrated with many diagrams and charts too numerous to count, 13 color plates, and is superbly referenced with over 3,500 citations.

Assessment

This is an extremely well written and organized compendium of both historical and state-of-the-art information on Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It details where we have been in terms of prior knowledge about the organism and the disease and allows the reader to see where we can go in the future. This is a valuable addition to the library of any individual involved in the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis.

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Reviewer: Jon Biehle, BS MT(ASCP) (Creighton University School of Medicine)

Review Date: Unknown

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