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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 231

Book Review

Department of Microbiology, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

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Department of Microbiology, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

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Kanungo R. Book Review. Indian J Med Microbiol 2002;20:231

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Kanungo R. Book Review. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2002 [cited 2020 Oct 28];20:231. Available from:

Jawetz, Melnick, & Adelberg's Medical Microbiology: Edited by Brooks GF, Butel JS, Morse SA: International Edition; 22nd edition, 2001, Lange Medical Books/McGraw - Hill, New York.
This book, which was published earlier as Review of Medical Microbiology, has been one of the very few books to be updated at regular intervals incorporating the latest information on microbial diseases, chemotherapy and laboratory diagnosis. The twenty second edition is the latest version which has an exhaustive list of medically important microorganisms on the inside of front and back covers for ready reference. Basic concepts in microbiology have been dealt with in the first part of the book covering most of the essential microbial physiology. Immunology has been discussed in a single chapter giving an overview of essential components without going into the details. One may need to look elsewhere for detail information in immunology. Section on Bacteriology begins very aptly with pathogenesis of bacterial infections, and normal flora before broadly classifying the bacteria and dealing in detail the individual groups. Essential pathogenesis including virulence factors, serotypes, laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology, prevention and control of infections caused by most medically important bacteria have been discussed concisely. Section of virology includes discussion on general properties of viruses, pathogenesis and control of viral infections in general and specific groups in detail. Large numbers of electron micrographs and photomicrographs of clinical cases is an improvement from earlier editions. Each chapter has been updated to include recent advances. Sections on Medical Mycology and Parasitology include just the right amount of information which an undergraduate MBBS student needs to know without going into great details. Schematic diagrams of fungi and parasites are very clear and easy to comprehend.
Last two chapters deal with important aspects of applied microbiology. The chapter on “Principles of diagnostic microbiology” gives an overview of laboratory procedures including molecular techniques, to diagnose bacterial, fungal and a few common viral infections. The chapter on cases and clinical correlation discusses certain common infections with case histories and comments which make interesting reading and will be useful for students studying microbiology and infectious diseases.
Scanty information on certain tropical diseases is a minor drawback of this book. For the MBBS student this will be a useful text book encompassing the whole of microbiology. The language is simple, and easy to understand. Statements have been made explicit by good schematic diagrams. Glossary and tables of important contents will make it easy for the student to remember relevant facts. For those pursuing a post graduate course in Microbiology or Infectious Disease, this book is a must, as a personal copy, forming a foundation on which to add detail and wider information. 

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