Microbiology: An Introduction, 12th edition

  • Gerard J. Tortora
  • Berdell R. Funke
  • Christine L. Case

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Table of contents

Part One: Fundamentals of Microbiology

Ch 1: The Microbial World and You

Ch 2: Chemical Principles

Ch 3: Observing Microorganisms through a Microscope

Ch 4: Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Ch 5: Microbial Metabolism

Ch 6: Microbial Growth

Ch 7: The Control of Microbial Growth

Ch 8: Microbial Genetics

Ch 9: Biotechnology and DNA Technology


Part Two: A Survey of the Microbial World

Ch 10: Classification of Microorganisms

Ch 11: The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea

Ch 12: The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths

Ch 13: Viruses, Viroids, and Prions


Part Three: Interaction between Microbe and Host

Ch 14: Principles of Disease and Epidemiology

Ch 15: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

Ch 16: Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host

Ch 17: Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host

Ch 18: Practical Applications of Immunology

Ch 19: Disorders Associated with the Immune System

Ch 20: Antimicrobial Drugs


Part Four Microorganisms and Human Disease

Ch 21: Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

Ch 22: Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System

Ch 23: Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Ch 24: Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System

Ch 25: Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System

Ch 26: Microbial Disease of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems


Part Five: Environmental and Applied Microbiology

Ch 27: Environmental Microbiology

Ch 28: Applied and Industrial Microbiology


Appendix A: Metabolic Pathways

Appendix B: Exponents, Exponential Notation, Logarithms, and Generation Time

Appendix C: Methods for Taking Clinical Samples

Appendix D: Pronunciation of Scientific Names

Appendix E: Word Roots Used in Microbiology

Appendix F: Classification of Bacteria According to Bergey’s Manual

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