Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional, 2nd Edition

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Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional, 2nd Edition


Easily understood by students without any chemistry or biology background, Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional, 2nd Edition offers an excellent foundation for understanding the spread, treatment, and prevention of infectious disease — critical knowledge for today’s healthcare professional. This straightforward introductory text makes microbiology approachable and easy to learn, presenting just the right level of information and detail to help you comprehend future course material and apply concepts to your new career.

    • Focuses on just the necessary information the introductory microbiology student needs to know, saving time and allowing you to focus on what is most important.
    • UNIQUE! Why You Need to Know boxes put material in perspective, helping you to understand the history, impact and future of the topics under discussion.
    • UNIQUE! Life Application boxes provide fun facts on how chapter topics apply to real world situations and events.
    • UNIQUE! Medical Highlights boxes share anecdotal information about various pathological conditions.
    • UNIQUE! Healthcare Application tables focus on pathogens as they relate to topics discussed in the chapter.
    • Chapter outlines and key terms provide a framework for every chapter, enabling more efficient and effective learning.
    • Learning objectives clarify chapter goals and guide you through content that needs to be mastered.
    • Twenty review questions at the end of each chapter test you retention and help you identify areas requiring further study.
      • UPDATED! Additional micrographs and cellular photos from author’s collection help engage you.
      • NEW! Appendix on key human bacterial pathogens arranged by body system with text page references provides a quick reference to diseases, organisms, and their characteristics.
      Section 1: Basic Science
      1. Scope of Microbiology
      2. Chemistry of Life
      3. Cell Structure and Function
      4. Bacteria and Archaea
      5. Viruses
      6. Eukaryotic Microorganisms
      Section 2: Tools for Study and Control of Microorganisms
      7. Physical and Chemical Methods of Control
      8. Microbiological Laboratory Techniques
      9. Microbiological Laboratory Safety Issues 
      10. Pharmacology
      11. Antimicrobial Drugs
      Section 3: Infection, Disease, and Defense
      12. Infection and Disease
      13. The Immune Response and Lymphatic System
      Section 4: Effects on Specific Body Systems
      14. Infections of the Integumentary System, Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal System
      15. Infections of the Respiratory System
      16. Infections of the Gastrointestinal System
      17. Infections of the Nervous System and Sensory Structures
      18. Infections of the Cardiovascular and Circulatory Systems
      19. Infections of the Urinary System
      20. Infections of the Reproductive System
      Section 5: Factors Contributing to the Effects of Microorganisms on Human Health
      21. Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases
      22. Human Age and Infections
      23. Microorganisms in the Environment and Effects on Human Health
      24. Emerging Infectious Diseases
      25. Biotechnology
      Appendix A: Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology
      Appendix B: Medically Significant Microorganisms by Body Systems
      Appendix C: Bibliography
      Karin C. VanMeter, PhD, Lecturer
      Iowa State University
      Department of Biomedical Sciences
      College of Veterinary Medicine
      Ames, Iowa and Robert J Hubert, BS, Laboratory Coordinator
      Iowa State University
      Department of Animal Sciences
      Ames, Iowa


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