Microbiology, the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans, is a key part of medical training curriculum. Written by a top professor of microbiology and an experienced science writer, this book is a basic microbiology course that can be understood by anyone, including medical students, profesisonals wanting to bone up of the subjects, and laypersons wanting to know about the topic. Prepared by a top professor of microbiology and an experienced popular science writer. Almost every student enrolled in medical school, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, and veterinary medicine must take microbiology. Includes coverage on microbes and their relationship with each other, the body's immune system, infectious diseases, biotechnology, and bioterrorism.