Oral Microbiology and Immunology, Second Edition
An in-depth presentation of the oral ecosystem and its role in human health and disease
In the second edition of best-selling textbook Oral Microbiology and Immunology, an international panel of editors presents an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the oral ecosystem and its role in human health and disease. Written specifically for dental students, dental practitioners, and healthcare professionals, Oral Microbiology and Immunology cohesively details the ecology, virulence, molecular biology, and immunogenicity of oral bacteria, viruses, and fungi and examines their interfaces with host cells and secretions.
This new edition addresses the technological and conceptual advances that have increased our understanding of the etiology of oral diseases and the nature of pathogenic mechanisms and the host response, including:
- Genome sequencing of a bacterium or a community of bacteria.
- Knockout mice deficient in specific components of both the innate and adaptive immune systems.
- High-resolution and 3D imaging techniques of communities growing in biofilms and the intimate interactions between microbes and host cells.
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Paperback, 536 pages, full-color throughout.
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Doody's Review Service
09 January 2014
This is an extensive overview of oral microbiology and immunology. The book covers oral structures to the immune system, colonizing organisms, and microbial physiology, as well as genetics and applied microbiology techniques used in identifying and studying the oral environment. The first edition was published seven years ago.
The purpose is to provide the basic facts as well as ecological and biological context as they relate to the world of microbiology and immunology. In addition, the goals are to help dental practitioners and clinical scientists understand the basic science underlying oral health and disease in order for such knowledge to be translated into future health improvements. With a paradigm shift in healthcare focusing on an oral and systemic health connection, the objectives of the authors are quite relevant and timely.
The book is written for dental practitioners and other healthcare providers, clinical scientists, students, or residents. It is a great overview and review of oral microbiology and immunology for this audience and for other scientists who might be interested in gaining a better understanding of the oral microbial environment and its impact on oral health and pathology. The authors are highly credentialed and they have amassed an equally qualified group of accomplished contributors.
In addition to covering all aspects of oral microbiology and immunology, the book also includes a comprehensive review of microbial physiology, genetics, immunology, dental disease, oral virology, and fungal infections. It also provides information on control of dental diseases through various mechanisms including infection control. The book includes a number of high quality illustrations, diagrams, and photographs to complement the discussion. The book has a unique design in that there is an outline of the content at the beginning of each chapter. Also, key points along with further reading are included at the end of the chapter. These features are very helpful in reviewing the information and provide additional references that will assist readers in understanding the information presented. The book is well organized, up to date, and comprehensive.
This book covers the ecology, physiology, molecular biology, immunogenicity, and virulence of oral bacteria, viruses, and fungi as described by the authors. The information is in depth and current. The discussion of biofilms and microbiomes, as well as the role of molecular biology and applied molecular techniques in microbial identification and pathogenic mechanisms, makes this essential reading for teaching and understanding oral microbiology and immunology.
Weighted Numerical Score: 96 - 4 Stars!
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD(Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry)
Review Date: December 2013
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