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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $150.00
  • Forthcoming: November 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-90609-7
  • 1072 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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    John W. Foster (Author, University of South Alabama), Zarrintaj Aliabadi (Author, University of South Alabama), Joan L. Slonczewski (Author, Kenyon College)


    A Case-History Approach

    At the core of Microbiology: The Human Experience are case histories that put foundational concepts in a real-world context.

    The bones are the consistent structure of learning objectives, summaries, and questions that support the clear, accurate, and organized presentation of the content.

    The connective tissue is the art and highly readable text, by two masterful teachers and an experienced physician assistant, which puts infectious disease front and center and highlights contemporary topics such as the human microbiome.


    Endorsements & Reviews

    “I think the level of discussion is spot-on for pre-health students, especially for a chapter that occurs early on in the text.... Easily read in narrative form.” — Meghan May, Towson University

    “I think this text speaks with the student as opposed to at the student."” — Michael E. Shea, Hudson Valley Community College

    “The greatest strength of this text is that it is simply very well written. The information delivered is clear, detailed, and without excess verbiage.” — Melissa Lail-Trecker, Western New England University

    “The chapters provide a clear and simple introduction to the microbial world and contain a nice balance among examples, case studies, and the concepts discussed.” — Sayna A. Jahangiri, Folsom Lake College

    “Excellent, practical, stimulating, and definitively the book for allied health care students.” — Lanh Bloodworth, Florida State College at Jacksonville

    “I would definitely love to use this chapter to teach the diseases of the urinary system in that it is very well laid out and the material is presented how I like it to present it.” — Charles Vo, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

    “Very readable, and excellent for allied health majors.” — Meghan May, Towson University

    Case histories drive the narrative

    Rather than presenting case studies as an afterthought the way other books do, each chapter was written from the ground up to seamlessly blend core concepts with fascinating real-life scenarios. Many stories take place in a clinician’s office and provide allied health students with relevant examples. Some cases feature events outside of the United States, highlighting current issues in global health.

    An engaging and accessible art program

    Everything in microbiology takes place at a scale smaller than the naked eye can see. With Microbiology: The Human Experience, students learn to visualize important microbial processes and structures with the support of meticulously developed, engaging, and accessible figures and photographs.

    A consistent learning structure

    Smart in-text pedagogy provides a consistent structure of learning outcomes, summaries, and thought-provoking questions. This keeps students on track with learning the foundational microbiology concepts they’ll need to know as clinicians. InQuizitive and Smartwork5 online homework systems provide meaningful practice with a variety of question types—all with detailed, answer-specific feedback and explanations that coach students while they work problems online.

    A distinctive table of contents

    The structure of the text emphasizes topics allied health students are interested in while thoroughly covering the breadth of topics—medical and ecological—that you want to cover in your course.

      Part I: Fundamentals of Microbiology and Infectious Disease
      1. Microbes Shape Our History
      2. Basic Concepts of Infectious Disease
      3. Observing Microbes
      4. Living Chemistry: From Atoms to Cells
      5. Cell Biology of Bacteria and Eukaryotes
      6. Bacterial Growth, Nutrition, and Differentiation

      Part II: Essential Biology and Control of Infectious Agents
      7. Bacterial Metabolism
      8. Bacterial Genetics and Biotechnology
      9. Bacterial Genomes and Evolution
      10. Bacterial Diversity
      11. Eukaryotic Microbes and Invertebrate Infectious Agents
      12. Viruses
      13. Sterilization, Disinfection, and Antibiotic Therapy

      Part III: The Immune System
      14. Normal Human Microbiota: A Delicate Balance of Power
      15. The Immune System: Inflammation and Innate Immunity
      16. The Immune System: Adaptive Immunity
      17. Immune Disorders, Tools, and Vaccines

      Part IV: Infectious Diseases
      18. Microbial Pathogenesis
      19. Infections of the Skin and Eye
      20. Infections of the Respiratory Tract
      21. Systemic Infections
      22. Infections of the Digestive System
      23. Infections of the Urinary and Reproductive Tracts
      24. Infections of the Central Nervous System

      Part V: Epidemiology and Biotechnology
      25. Diagnostic Clinical Microbiology
      26. Epidemiology: Tracking Infectious Diseases
      27. Environmental and Food Microbiology