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Written with the non-major/allied health student in mind, Foundations in Microbiologyoffers an engaging and accessible writing style through the use of tools such as case studies and analogies to thoroughly explain difficult microbiology concepts. A taxonomic approach is used for the study of pathogens. The emphasis of on the lab manual is on the basic principles of diagnostic microbiology for students preparing to enter an allied health field. Students are led through a series of exercises that allow them to learn basic microbiology techniques and to practice safety in the laboratory and hospital environment. It remains oriented primarily toward meeting the interests and needs of those who will be directly involved in patient care and who wish to learn how microbiological principles should be applied in the practice of their professions.
Table of Contents
1 The Main Themes of Microbiology
2 The Chemistry of Biology
3 Tools of the Laboratory: The Methods for Studying Microorganisms
4 A Survey of Prokaryotic Cells and Microorganisms
5 A Survey of Eukaryotic Cells and Microorganisms
6 An Introduction to the Viruses
7 Elements of Microbial Nutrition, Ecology, and Growth
8 Microbial Metabolism
9 Microbial Genetics
10 Genetic Engineering
11 Physical and Chemical Agents for Microbial Control
12 Drugs, Microbes, Host--The Elements of Chemotherapy
13 Microbe-Human Interactions
14 Nonspecific Host Defenses
15 Adaptive, Specific Immunity and Immunization
16 Disorders in Immunity
17 Diagnosing Infections
18 The Cocci of Medical Importance
19 The Gram-Positive Bacilli of Medical Importance
20 The Gram-Negative Bacilli of Medical Importance
21 Miscellaneous Bacterial Agents of Disease
22 The Fungi of Medical Importance
23 The Parasites of Medical Importance
24 Introduction to Viruses That Infect Humans: The DNA Viruses