Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology,
Edition 7
By Connie R. Mahon, M.S.MT(ASCP) and Donald C. Lehman, EdD, MLS(ASCP)cm, SM(NRCM)

Publication Date: 21 Dec 2022

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the clinical lab! Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 7th Edition uses a reader-friendly "building-block" approach to help you learn the essentials of diagnostic microbiology. Featuring full-color drawings and photos, this text helps you learn to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to the accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases and the identification of infectious agents. Written by noted educators Connie R. Mahon and Donald C. Lehman, this edition adds new content on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, along with the latest information on prevention, treatment modalities, and CDC guidelines.

Key Features

  • Building-block approach encourages you to use previously learned information in mastering new material.
  • Full-color photographs and photomicrographs make it easier to understand and apply diagnostic microbiology concepts.
  • Case studies describe clinical and laboratory findings, offering opportunities to correlate observations with possible etiologic agents and to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Hands-on procedures in the appendices describe techniques used in the lab setting.
  • Issues to Consider boxes list important points to think about while reading the chapter.
  • Case Checks in each chapter highlight specific points in the text and show how they connect to case studies.
  • Bolded key terms with abbreviations are listed at the beginning of each chapter, showing the most important and relevant terms in each chapter.
  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter supply you with a measurable learning outcome to achieve by completing the material.
  • Points to Remember sections at the end of each chapter provide a bulleted list of key concepts.
  • Learning Assessment Questions at the conclusion of each chapter help you to think critically and to evaluate how well you have mastered the material.
  • Agents of Bioterror and Forensic Microbiology chapter provides the most current information about these important topics.
  • Lab manual on the Evolve website reinforces concepts with real-life scenarios and review questions.
  • Glossary at the end of the book supplies you with a quick reference for looking up definitions of key terms.

New Features

  • NEW! Information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 is added to this edition.
  • NEW! Updated content is included throughout the book, and several chapters are reorganized and refocused.
  • NEW! Enterobacteriaceae chapter is updated.
About the author
By Connie R. Mahon, M.S.MT(ASCP), Director, Organization Development (Retired), Health Resources and Services Administration, Learning Institute, Rockville, Maryland; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Integrative Health Sciences Department, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC and Donald C. Lehman, EdD, MLS(ASCP)cm, SM(NRCM), Associate Professor, Department of Medical Technology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction to clinical microbiology
1. Bacterial cell structure, physiology, metabolism, and genetics
2. Host-parasite interaction
3. The laboratory role in infection control
4. Control of microorganisms: disinfection, sterilization, and microbiology safety
5. Performance improvement in the microbiology laboratory
6. Specimen collection and processing
7. Microscopic examination of materials from infected sites
8. Use of colony morphology for the presumptive identification of microorganisms
9. Biochemical identification of gram-negative bacteria
10. Immunodiagnosis of infectious diseases
11. Applications of molecular diagnostics
12. Antibacterial mechanisms of action and bacterial resistance mechanisms
13. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Part 2: Laboratory identification of significant isolates
14. Staphylococcus and similar organisms
15. Streptococcus, Enterococcus, and other catalase-negative, gram-positive cocci
16. Aerobic gram-positive bacilli
17. Neisseria species and Moraxella catarrhalis
18. Haemophilus, HACEK group, Legionella, and other fastidious gram-negative bacilli
19. Enterobacterales
20. Vibrio, Aeromonas, Campylobacter, and Campylobacter-like species
21. Nonfermenting and miscellaneous gram-negative bacilli
22. Anaerobes of clinical importance
23. The spirochetes
24. Chlamydia, Rickettsia, and similar organisms
25. Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma
26. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria
27. Medically significant fungi
28. Diagnostic parasitology
29. Clinical virology
30. Agents of bioterror and forensic microbiology
31. Biofilms: architects of disease
Part 3: Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases: an organ system approach to diagnostic microbiology
32. Upper and lower respiratory tract infections
33. Skin and soft tissue infections
34. Gastrointestinal infections and food poisoning
35. Infections of the central nervous system
36. Bacteremia and sepsis
37. Urinary tract infections
38. Genital infections and sexually transmitted infections
39. Infections in special populations
40. Zoonotic diseases
41. Ocular infections
Appendix A Answers to learning assessmentquestions
Appendix B Selected bacteriologic culture media
Appendix C Selected mycology culture media and stains
Appendix D Selected procedures
Book details
ISBN: 9780323829977
Page Count: 1120
Illustrations : 970 illustrations (970 in full color)
Retail Price : £103.99
Instructor Resources
Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS/MT) students, Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT/MLT) students, Doctor of CLS (DCLS) students
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