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Providing a solid introduction to the essentials of diagnostic microbiology, this accessible, full-color text helps you develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the clinical setting. A reader-friendly, "building block" approach to microbiology moves progressively from basic concepts to advanced understanding, guiding you through the systematic identification of etiologic agents of infectious diseases.
-Building block approach encourages recall of previously learned information, enhancing your critical and problem solving skills.
-Case in Point feature introduces case studies at the beginning of each chapter.
-Issues to Consider encourages you to analyze and comprehend the case in point.
-Key Terms provide a list of the most important and relevant terms in each chapter.
-Objectives give a measurable outcome to achieve by completing the material.
-Points to Remember summarize and help clearly identify key concepts covered in each chapter.
-Learning assessment questions evaluate how well you have mastered the material.
-New content addresses bone and joint infections, genital tract infections, and nosocomial infections.
-Significantly updated chapter includes current information on molecular biology and highlights content on multidrug resistant bacteria.
-Reorganized chapters accent the most relevant information about viruses and parasites that are also transmissible to humans.
-Case studies on the Evolve site let you apply the information that you learn to realistic scenarios encountered in the laboratory.