Clinical Laboratory Microbiology: A Practical Approach, 1st edition

  • Karen Kiser
  • William Payne
  • Theresa Taff

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Clinical Laboratory Microbiology is part of Pearson’s Clinical Laboratory Science series of textbooks, which is designed to balance theory and practical applications in a way that is engaging and useful to students. Clinical Laboratory Microbiology presents highly detailed technical information and real-life case studies that will help learners envision themselves as members of the health care team, providing the laboratory services specific to microbiology that assist in patient care. The mixture of theoretical and practical information relating to microbiology provided in this text allows learners to analyze and synthesize this information and, ultimately, to answer questions and solve problems and cases. Some exciting features to this book include:

  • Taxonomy with a pronunciation guide
  • Checkpoints! throughout the chapter allow the reader to assess learning, develop test taking skills and promote retention.  Answers are provided in the appendix.
  • Real World Tips reinforce the importance of what they are learning
  • Graphic organizers such as timelines and concept maps help visual learners grasp the content.  Flow charts model the decisions that are part of identification of an unknown microorganism.
  • Learning Opportunities and Case Studies

This book should serve as a helpful bench reference for practicing laboratory professionals.  Other professionals such as pathology residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners will find the information useful. 

Table of contents

Table of Contents








Part One:  Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology


Chapter 1:  Development of Diagnostic Microbiology


Chapter 2:  Taxonomy and Classification


Chapter 3:  The Bacterial Cell


Chapter 4:  The Host’s Encounter with Microbes


Chapter 5:  Safety



Part Two:  Routine Specimen Processing


Chapter 6:  Specimen Collection


Chapter 7:  Cultivation of Microorganisms


Chapter 8:  Presumptive Identification


Chapter 9:  Final Identification


Chapter 10:  Immunological Tests


Chapter 11:  Susceptibility Testing


Chapter 12:  Emerging Technologies


Part Three:  Special Specimen Processing


Chapter 13: Acid-Fast Bacilli Cultures


Chapter 14: Fungal Cultures 


Chapter 15:  Ova and Parasites


Chapter 16:  Viral, Chlamydial & Rickettsial Specimens



Part Four:  Clinically Significant Isolates


Chapter 17:  Aerobic Gram Positive Cocci



Chapter 18: Aerobic Gram Negative Cocci


 Chapter 19:  Aerobic Gram Positive Rods


Chapter 20:   Fastidious Gram-Negative Rods


Chapter 21: Enterobacteriaceae


Chapter 22:  Non-fermenting Gram Negative Rods


Chapter 23:  Vibrio, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas, Campylobacter and Helicobacter


Chapter 24:  Anaerobic Bacteria


Chapter 25:  Spirochetes


Chapter 26:  Mycobacterium Species


Chapter 27:  Miscellaneous Microorganisms


Chapter 28: Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma

Chapter 29: Medical Mycology


Chapter 30:  Parasitology


Chapter 31:  Intracellular Microorganisms


Part Five:  Analysis of Body Systems for Infectious Disease


Chapter 32: Cardiovascular System


Chapter 33: Respiratory System

Chapter 34:  Urinary System


Chapter 35:  Gastrointestinal System       


 Chapter 36:  Genital System


Chapter 37:  The Integumentary System


Chapter 38:  Central Nervous System


Chapter 39:  Skeletal System


Chapter 40:  Opportunistic Infections


Chapter 41:  Nosocomial Infection

Chapter 42:  Global Threats




Appendix A:  Answers to Case Studies

Appendix B:  Answers to Checkpoints

Appendix C:  Answers to Learning Opportunities

Appendix D:   Medium Formulations

Appendix E:   Methods




Published by Pearson (March 23rd 2010) - Copyright © 2011