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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.
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Section 1: Basic Science1. Scope of Microbiology2. Chemistry of Life3. Cell Structure and Function4. Bacteria and Archaea5. Viruses6. Eukaryotic MicroorganismsSection 2: Tools for Study and Control of Microorganisms7. Physical and Chemical Methods of Control8. Microbiological Laboratory Techniques9. Microbiological Laboratory Safety Issues 10. Pharmacology11. Antimicrobial DrugsSection 3: Infection, Disease, and Defense12. Infection and Disease 13. The Immune Response and Lymphatic System Section 4: Effects on Specific Body Systems14. Infections of the Integumentary System, Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal System 15. Infections of the Respiratory System16. Infections of the Gastrointestinal System17. Infections of the Nervous System and Sensory Structures 18. Infections of the Cardiovascular and Circulatory Systems 19. Infections of the Urinary System20. Infections of the Reproductive SystemSection 5: Factors Contributing to the Effects of Microorganisms on Human Health21. Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases22. Human Age and Infections 23. Microorganisms in the Environment and Effects on Human Health 24. Emerging Infectious Diseases25. BiotechnologyAppendix A: Bergey's Manual of Systematic BacteriologyAppendix B: Medically Significant Microorganisms by Body SystemsAppendix C: BibliographyGlossary

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