Appropriate for the non-major/allied health student, this authoritative text carefully explains the fundamentals of microbiology, providing a general overview of the principles followed by more detailed explanations. With its clear and concise writing style, Microbiology: A Human Perspective offers modern coverage on such topics as genomics, biofilms, and quorum sensing. A body systems approach is used in the coverage of diseases.
-Chapter 4: Dynamics of Prokaryotic Growth?reorganized to increase emphasis on biofilms
- Chapter 5: Control of Microbial Growth- reorganized so that the methods of physical control are covered adjacent sections; new section that describes the use of high pressure to pasteurize foods such as guacamole; new section describes the role of water treatment facilities in providing pathogen-free drinking water; mentions amended regulations that require water treatment facilities to minimize the level of disinfection by-products and Cryptosporidium oocysts.
- Chapter 9: Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA-chapter now begins with a section that describes the fundamental tools used in biotechnology (restriction enzymes, gel electrophoresis, nucleic acid probes and primers)
- Chapter 17: Applications of Immune Responses?extensive revision of the section on immunological testing
- Consistent coverage of all diseases including symptoms, pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and treatment.
- Case studies are included that relate basic science to actual clinical situations; the case studies are accompanied by several questions with answers provided.
- "Disease Summaries" have been designed for each major disease. These include 1) a summary table 2) a drawing showing human symptoms, portals of entry and exit and location of pathology, and 3) a step-by-step description of infection process. These are presented in the book for selected diseases and on the web page for all diseases discussed in the book.
- "Glimpse of History" stories about the men and women who pioneered the field of microbiology open each chapter.
- "Perspective" boxes introduce a human perspective by showing how microorganisms and their products influence our lives in a myriad of different ways.
"Future Challenges" essays conclude each chapter to inform students of a pending challenge facing current and future microbiologists.
|Table of Contents|
Part I Life and Death of Microorganisms
1 Humans and the Microbial World
2 The Molecules of Life
3 Microscopy and Cell Structure
4 Dynamics of Prokaryotic Growth
5 Control of Microbial Growth
6 Metabolism: Fueling Cell Growth
7 The Blueprint of Life, from DNA to Protein
8 Bacterial Genetics
9 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA
Part II The Microbial World
10 Identification and Classification of Prokaryotes
11 The Diversity of Prokaryotic Organisms
12 The Eukaryotic Members of the Microbial World
13 Viruses of Bacteria
14 Viruses, Prions, and Viroids: Infectious Agents of Animal and Plants
Part III Microorganisms and Humans
15 The Innate Immune Response
16 The Adaptive Immune Response
17 Applications of Immune Responses
18 Immunologic Disorders
19 Host-Microbe Interactions
21 Antimicrobial Medications
Part IV Infectious Diseases
22 Skin Infections
23 Wound Infections
24 Respiratory System Infections
25 Digestive System Infections
26 Genitourinary Infections
27 Nervous Systems Infections
28 Blood and Lymphatic Infections
29 HIV Disease and Complications of Immunodeficiency
Part V Applied Microbiology
30 Microbial Ecology
31 Environmental Microbiology: Treatment of Water, Wastes, and Polluted Habitats
32 Food Microbiology