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Cases in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Fourth Edition

Authors: Peter H. Gilligan1, Daniel S. Shapiro3, Melissa B. Miller4
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Affiliations: 1: Director, Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories, University of North Carolina Hospitals; 2: Professor, Microbiology-Immunology and Pathology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514; 3: Professor and H. Edward Manville, Jr. Endowed Chair of Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Reno University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada 89502; 4: Director, Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories, University of North Carolina Health Care; 5: Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7525
Content Type: Textbook
Format: Paperback, Electronic
Publication Year: 2014

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challenges students to develop a working knowledge of the variety of microorganisms that cause infections in humans. This valuable, interactive text will help them better understand the clinical importance of the basic science concepts presented in medical microbiology or infectious disease courses.

The cases are presented as “unknowns” and represent actual case presentations of patients the authors have encountered. Each case is accompanied by several questions to test knowledge in four broad areas including the organism’s characteristics and laboratory diagnosis; pathogenesis and clinical characteristics of the infection; epidemiology; and prevention and, in some cases, drug resistance and treatment.

This new fourth edition includes:

  • An entirely new section, “Advanced Cases,” which includes newly recognized disease agents as well as highly complex cases where the interaction of the immune system and human pathogens can be more closely examined
  • A revised “Primer on the Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases” that reflects the increasing importance of molecular-based assays
  • 42 new cases that explore the myriad advances in the study of infectious disease in the past decade
  • 32 updated cases that reflect the current state of the art as it relates to the organism causing the infection

This textbook also includes tools to assist students in solving the cases, including a table of normal values, glossary of medical terms, and figures illustrating microscopic organism morphology, laboratory tests, and clinical symptoms. is a proven resource for preparing for Part 1 of the National Board of Medical Examiners Exam and an excellent reference for infectious disease rotations.

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 Doody's Review Service

05 February 2015

 Description

The 74 patient cases in this book portray a broad array of human infections with a focus on the microbiological agents that cause them. What distinguishes this book, an update of the 2002 edition, is its review of key clinical concepts and pertinent laboratory methodology.

Purpose

Designed primarily as a review, the book's main objective is to provide a compilation of the fundamental, relevant elements of each topic and integrate basic science concepts with their practical application in clinical settings.

Audience

The simplicity of the explanations throughout the book reflects its main audience: students. However, each case presents concepts important to the knowledge base of internal medicine residents and infectious diseases fellows, making this a valuable pedagogic tool. The authors, from various U.S. academic medical centers, are specialists in clinical microbiology.

Features

The patient scenarios represent a broad range of infectious diseases, divided by organ system into six chapters with a final section on infections in diverse settings. This edition also contains a very basic glossary of terms and a review of pertinent laboratory diagnostic methods. However, the minimal utility of the index and the absence of descriptive titles for the chapters presenting the clinical cases make it difficult to select a topic, the book's greatest shortcoming.

Assessment

This book offers a collection of key concepts that are pertinent to every stage of medical training, thanks to its presentation centered on microorganisms, colorful design, and careful selection of illustrations.

Doody’s Review Service

Reviewer: Leopoldo Dobronski Jacome, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)

Review Date: October 2014

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