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Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Tenth Edition


Author: Warren Levinson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical


Publish Date: May 8, 2008

ISBN-10: 71496203

Pages: 684

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface


This book is a concise review of the medically important aspects of microbiology. It covers both the basic and clinical aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology. Its two major aims are (1) to assist those who are preparing for the USMLE (National Boards) and (2) to provide students who are currently taking medical microbiology courses with a brief and up-to-date source of information. My goal is to provide the reader with an accurate source of clinically relevant information at a level appropriate for those beginning their medical education.

This new edition presents current, medically important information in the rapidly changing fields of microbiology and immunology. It contains a new section of color micrographs of stained microorganisms as well as images of important laboratory tests. It also includes a new chapter on ectoparasites, such as the mite that causes scabies, and current information on antimicrobial drugs and vaccines.

These aims are achieved by utilizing several different formats, which should make the book useful to students with varying study objectives and learning styles:

A narrative text for complete information.
A separate section containing summaries of important microorganisms for rapid review of essentials.
Sample questions in the USMLE (National Board) style, with answers provided after each group of questions.
A USMLE (National Board) practice examination consisting of 80 microbiology and immunology questions. The questions are incorporated into a clinical case format and simulate the computer-based examination. Answers are provided at the end of each block of 40 questions.
Clinical case vignettes to provide both clinical information and practice for the USMLE.
A section titled “Pearls for the USMLE” describing important epidemiological information helpful in answering questions on the USMLE.
The following features are included to promote a successful learning experience for students using this book:

The information is presented succinctly, with stress on making it clear, interesting, and up to date.
There is strong emphasis in the text on the clinical application of microbiology and immunology to infectious diseases.
In the clinical bacteriology and virology sections, the organisms are separated into major and minor pathogens. This allows the student to focus on the clinically most important microorganisms.
Key information is summarized in useful review tables. Important concepts are illustrated by figures using color.
Important facts called “Pearls” are listed at the end of each basic science chapter.
The 654 USMLE (National Board) practice questions cover the important aspects of each of the subdisciplines on the USMLE: Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Immunology. A separate section containing extended matching questions is included. In view of the emphasis placed on clinical relevance in the USMLE, another section provides questions set in a clinical case context.
Brief summaries of medically important microorganisms are presented together in a separate section to facilitate rapid access to the information and to encourage comparison of one organism with another.
Fifty clinical cases are presented as unknowns for the reader to analyze in a brief, problem-solving format. These cases illustrate the importance of basic science information in clinical diagnosis.
Seventy color images depicting clinically important findings such as Gram stains of bacteria, electron micrographs of viruses, and microscopic images of fungi, protozoa, and worms.
After teaching both medical microbiology and clinical infectious disease for many years, I believe that students appreciate a book that presents the essential information in a readable, interesting, and varied format. I hope you find this book meets those criteria.

Warren Levinson, MD, PhD
San Francisco, California
February 2008

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