Microbiology : A Clinical Approach (Paperback)

ISBN: 9780815345138

Edition: 2nd

Author : Strelkauskas

Year: July 14, 201

Pages: 632

Publisher Name: Taylor & Francis (Garland)


As with the successful first edition, the new edition of Microbiology: A Clinical Approach is written specifically for pre-nursing and allied health students. It is clinically-relevant throughout and uses the theme of infection as its foundation. Microbiology is student-friendly: its text, figures, and electronic resources have been carefully designed to help students understand difficult concepts and keep them interested in the material.

The Second Edition includes a robust instructor ancillary package that allows professors to easily incorporate the book’s unique approach into their lectures. In addition to the many free resources for students—including the E-Tutor, Bug Parade, Flashcards, and MicroMovies—the new edition is supported by Garland Science Learning System.

The Garland Science Learning System is a homework platform designed to evaluate and improve student performance and allows instructors to select assignments on specific topics and review the performance of the entire class, as well as individual students, via the instructor dashboard. Students receive immediate feedback on their mastery of the topics, and will be better prepared for lectures and classroom discussions. The user-friendly system provides a convenient way to engage students while assessing progress. Performance data can be used to tailor classroom discussion, activities, and lectures to address students’ needs precisely and efficiently. For more information and sample material, visit http://garlandscience.rocketmix.com/.


New to the Second Edition:


Microbiology: A Clinical Approach contains many features that make it an effective tool for teaching and learning.


    • Human stories added to the start of each chapter
    • Section on the clinical identification of microbes added
    • Updated coverage of microbiomes, emerging infectious diseases, vaccines, and antibiotic resistance
    • Simplified coverage of chemistry, genetics, and immunology
    • Chapters on viral infection revised
    • New chapter openings and end-of-chapter questions, and a refreshed color scheme
    • The book opens with a Learning Skills section which introduces practical strategies for improving reading comprehension and retention.
    • The first chapter presents a series of case studies designed to grab the reader’s attention and demonstrate the vital importance of studying microbiology.
    • The Why is This Important? feature helps students understand why they need to learn the material in the chapter.
    • Chapters also start with an Overview and a chapter map which diagrams the contents. New Human Stories help students see how microbiology is relevant to healthcare.
    • Keep in Mind section summaries throughout each chapter allow the student to pause and review the material just read.
    • Fast Facts sections are designed to highlight a particularly interesting microbiology topic or fact.
    • There are three types of questions at the end of chapters. The correct answers, and explanations of the answers, are available on the Student Resource Website through the E-Tutor.
    • Multiple-choice Self Evaluation and Chapter Confidence questions test basic comprehension.
    • Depth of Understanding questions require the students to integrate important concepts in a more challenging way.
    • Clinical Corner questions ask students to apply what they have just learned to a specific clinical setting or problem.
    • The book figures are bold, bright, and user-friendly and make difficult topics easy to understand, and the authors use everyday language to explain things as simply as possible.
    • MicroMovies provide dynamic views of the microscopic and molecular worlds, and they were developed to make some of the challenging topics more accessible to students. Marginal icons indicate when a movie is available that corresponds to a particular section or figure.
    • The Pathogen List is a quick and easy reference to the pathogens mentioned in the book, their characteristics, and the diseases they cause.
    • A glossary contains definitions of the scientific and clinical terminology.


"This book is true to its title, providing an up-to-date overview of infection from a clinical perspective. However, with credit, the book does not ignore the basic science behind infection, with the introductory chapters covering general background information such as the fundamental chemistry for microbiology, characteristics of micro-organisms and host immune response. The main advantage of this book is that it is organized by systems: linking the clinical syndrome to its microbiology. The easily navigable chapters are enriched with outstanding illustrations and informative tables, and finished with salient summary points. In fact, the learning aids presented far exceeded my expectations for a textbook."

–Microbiology Today

"…this book is different from the other microbiology textbooks currently on the market. The main difference is that it makes a real and tangible effort to put students, or better, the learning process, center stage."

–British Society for Immunology

"The book is extensively illustrated throughout with photographs and easy to understand schematics. It is well-supported by a website for students….Instructor resources include…PowerPoint slides, question banks, and even lecture notes. These are so good I will be using it!"

–The Biologist

"The book is well suited for beginning nursing students and undergraduate students preparing for healthcare careers. The authors’ educational and teaching experiences situate them well to write this expansive introduction."

1. What Is Microbiology and Why Does It Matter?
2. Fundamental Chemistry for Microbiology
3. Essentials of Metabolism
4. An Introduction to Cell Structure and Host–Pathogen Relationships

5. Requirements for Infection
6. Transmission of Infection, the Compromised Host, Epidemiology, and Diagnosing Infections 
7. Principles of Disease
8. Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

9. The Clinical Significance of Bacterial Anatomy
10. Bacterial Growth
11. Microbial Genetics and Infectious Disease
12. The Structure and Infection Cycle of Viruses
13. Viral Pathogenesis
14. Parasitic and Fungal Infections

15. The Innate Immune Response
16. The Adaptive Immune Response
17. Failures of the Immune Response

18. Control of Microbial Growth with Disinfectants and Antiseptics
19. Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Drugs
20. Antibiotic Resistance

21. Infections of the Respiratory System
22. Infections of the Digestive System
23. Infections of the Genitourinary System
24. Infections of the Central Nervous System
25. Infections of the Blood
26. Infections of the Skin and Eyes

Answers to Questions
Pathogen List

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