Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology 5th Edition PDF
We welcome you to the fifth edition of the Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. This edition embodies our commitment to convey information on the ever-evolving, complex, and challenging field of diagnostic microbiology. Similar to previous editions, we remain committed to preserving the tradition of providing a well-designed and organized textbook. This edition maintains the building block approach to learning, critical thinking, and problem solving, features that clinical laboratory science and clinical laboratory technician students, entry-level clinical laboratory practitioners, and others have found valuable and effective. In response to our readers’ needs, we continue to enhance these features that have made this textbook user-friendly. Because the goal of the Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology is to provide a strong foundation for clinical laboratory science students, entry-level practitioners, and other health care professionals, discussions of organisms are limited to those that are medically important and commonly encountered, as well as new and re-emerging pathogens. Students and other readers are provided with valuable learning tools to help them sort through the vast amount of information—background theoretic concepts, disease mechanisms, identification schemas, diagnostic characteristics, biochemical reactions, and isolation techniques—to produce clinically relevant results.
In this edition, considerable changes have been made to show the vital nature of the field of diagnostic microbiology. A discussion on forensic microbiology has been included in Chapter 30, Agents of Bioterror. The text has been updated to reflect pathogens newly recognized in the past decade, present new applications of immunologic and/or molecular approaches to diagnose infections and identify infectious agents, and determine antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms. Despite the progress made and significant advances that have occurred in their control, prevention, and treatment, infectious diseases remain a major threat to human health. The combined affects of rapid demographic, environmental, societal, technologic, and climatic changes, as well as changes in the way we live our lives, have affected the occurrence of infectious disease. This fifth edition discusses the continuing spread of infectious diseases and the emerging public health issues associated with them.