Section 1: Taxonomic Classification of Medically Important Microorganisms
Section 2: Indigenous and Pathogenic Microbes of Humans
Section 3: Specimen Collection and Transport
Section 4: Bacterial Diagnosis
Section 5: Viral Diagnosis
Section 6: Fungal Diagnosis
Section 7: Parasitic Diagnosis
Section 8: Vaccines, Susceptibility Testing Methods, and Susceptibility Patterns
If you work in the clinical laboratory, this pocket guide will help you confidently identify most organisms you could encounter.
This useful updated edition continues to present valuable quick-reference information to the clinical microbiology community in a small package. Along with specifics on pathogenic microorganisms, there is updated information on effectively using essential molecular diagnostic techniques for today's challenges.
You will find guidance on:
- MALDI-TOF MS performance for individual bacteria, mycobacteria, and fungi
- Nucleic acid amplification testing/PCR and help interpreting genetic sequencing results
- Susceptibility testing, with methods and interpretive criteria for most organism/antibiotic combinations
- Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and resistance profiles for common organisms
Christopher Doern, PhD, D(ABMM), is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and the Director of Clinical Microbiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Doern went on to a fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, and is certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).
Doern is an active member of the clinical microbiology community and serves on the ABMM, ASM Clinical Laboratory Practices Committee, Clinical Chemistry Trainee Council, and several Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute document development and revision committees. He is an editor for the Clinical Microbiology Newsletter and serves on the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal editorial boards.
Doern is involved in educational programs that reach an international audience. Among these is the Medical Microbiology Question of the Day (www.pathquestions.com), for which he has been an editor since 2011. This service provides freely accessible educational material to participants in more than 60 countries.
At A Glance
If you work in the clinical laboratory, this pocket guide will help you confidently identify most organisms you could encounter. This useful updated edition continues to present valuable quick-reference information to the clinical microbiology community in a small package. Along with specifics on pathogenic microorganisms, there is updated information on effectively using essential molecular diagnostic techniques for today's challenges.
This is the fourth edition of a guide to clinical microbiology. The previous edition was published in 2004.
The purpose is to "present usable information in a concise and accessible manner." These worthy objectives are well met by this edition.
This is intended for practicing clinical microbiologists, but it also would be of interest to infectious diseases practitioners, epidemiologists, public health professionals, environmental hygienists, and anyone interested in clinical microbiology. The author is a most credible authority.
This edition was published because of the major technological changes since the last edition — e.g., MALDI-TOF, molecular testing — and the global increase in antimicrobial resistance. Each of the eight sections is marked by corresponding colored page edges for easy location. The first section on taxonomy brought back unpleasant (but necessary) memories, and full credit to the author for making the discussion accessible. Much of the book is presented as tables. This makes it very easy to navigate to the issue of interest. A few things I really liked: the final table comparing CLSI with EUCAST antimicrobial susceptibility interpretations; the drawings of fungal elements observed on direct microscopy (I thought I had forever lost Denise Larone's exemplary illustrations but they are here!), identification of which organisms normally colonize which body sites, and, of course, the many tables of growth characteristics and biochemical reactions for bacteria of clinical interest. There are many microbiology books (many from ASM Press) which are authoritative and the reference standards for this specialty. This is truly the quick guide for this specialty area to complement the authoritative references and to pull out for a quick, expert answer.
ASM Press consistently produces high quality books, and this one follows in this fine tradition. This is a fantastic update to a previously widely respected pocket guide. It is truly concise and accessible to what can be a very dense scientific discipline. Get it and carry it with you!
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-Valerie Ng, PhD, MD (Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)