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Chapter 12 : Discovering What You Do and Don't Want
Michael A. Pfaller continued to pursue applied research in terms of evaluation of in vitro test systems in the clinical laboratory. In addition, the drug-bug work continued with evaluation of new antifungal agents and antibacterial agents. The topic of antimicrobial resistance became very popular in the 1990s, and the author's microbiology group at Iowa has been in the thick of this field of investigation. The close collaboration between clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology is one that should be sought out by all concerned. From the perspective of the clinical microbiology laboratory, one can become involved in all of the most interesting infectious disease cases. Problems in diagnosis and control of infectious diseases provide a never-ending array of material for investigation and publication. Applied research in this area invariably leads to improvements in how the clinical laboratory can serve its clients and, in many cases, can serve as a springboard to more basic investigation.