Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple: Color Edition 9th Edition
A well-developed knowledge of clinical microbiology is critical for the practicing physician in any medical field. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoans have no respect for the distinction between ophthalmology, pediatrics, trauma surgecy, or geriatric medicine. As a physician you will be faced daily with the concepts of microbial disease and antimicrobial therapy. Microbiology is one of the few courses where much of the “minutia” is regularly used by the practicing physician.
This book attempts to facilitate the learning of microbiology by presenting the in-formation in a clear and entertaining manner brimming with memocy aids.
Our approach has been to:
1) Write in a conversational style for rapid assimilation.
2) Include numerous figures serving as “visual memocy tools” and summacy charts at
the end of each chapter. These can be used for “cram sessions” after the concepts have been studied in the text.
3) Concentrate more on clinical and infectious disease issues that are both interesting and vital to the actual practice of medicine.
4) Create a conceptual, organized approach to the organisms studied so the student relies less on memocy and more on logical pathophysiology.
The text has been updated to include current information on rapidly developing topics, such as HIV and AIDS (vaccine efforts and all the new anti-HIV medications), Avian Influenza H5Nl, SARS Coronavirus, Ebola virus, Hantavirus, E. coli outbreaks, Mad Cow Disease, brand-new antimicrobial antibiotics, and agents of bioterrorism.
The mnemonics and cartoons in this book do not intend disrespect for any particular patient population or racial or ethnic group but are solely presented as memocy devices to assist in the learning of a complex and important medical subject.
We welcome suggestions for future editions. Despite our best efforts to proofread and edit, mistakes often slip by. We welcome corrections and new mnemonic ideas from students who read this book (please email to glad [email protected] If we publish your rockin’ mnemonic (short rhymes, phrases, or other memocy techniques that make the information easier to assimilate and memorize) we will recognize your name with the contribution!
Atlas of Microbiology, which complements this book, is a free interactive download from Medmaster at http://medmaster.net/freedownloads.html. It accesses many hundreds of internet images in Microbiology.
MARKT. GLADWIN, MD WILLIAM TRATTLER, MD C. SCOTT MAHAN, MD
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