Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology: Edition 2

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While evolving molecular diagnostic methods are being heralded for the role they will play in improving our ability to cultivate and identify bacteria, fungi, and viruses, the reality is that those new methods are still beyond the technical and financial reach of most clinical laboratories. Most clinical microbiology laboratories still rely upon cu
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Ronald M. Atlas is Graduate Dean, Professor of Biology, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Louisville. He received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1968 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Dr. Atlas has received a number of honors including: The University of Louisville Excellence in Research Award, the Johnson and Johnson Fellowship for Biology, and the ASM Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He has authored several microbiology textbooks and handbooks of microbiological media. His research has included development of diagnostic systems for pathogenic microorganisms. He has served on the editorial boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, BioScience, Biotechniques, Environmental Microbiology, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism, and Journal of Industrial Microbiology. He is editor of Critical Reviews in Microbiology. He also has served as President of the American Society for Microbiology. James W. Snyder is Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Microbiology for the University of Louisville Hospital. He received his B.S. in 1969 and M.S. in 1970 from Eastern Kentucky University and Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Dayton. Dr. Snyder is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. He has received a number of honors including: The South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology Outstanding Contribution to Microbiology Award, the Spirit of Louisville Foundation Award, Outstanding Service Award as Chairman of the Committee on Continuing Education of the American Society for Microbiology, and election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is the former Editor of The Yearbook of Clinical Microbiology and the Certified Clinical Microbiology Data Base. He is currently a member of the Critical Reviews in Microbiology editorial board and serves on the Professional Affairs Committee of the American Society for Microbiology. He maintains an active research program in both applied and basic clinical microbiology, including molecular techniques for the detection of pathogens and the assessment and comparison of automated and nonautomated diagnostic systems and tracking of microbial incidence and in vitro activity of antibiotics in support of local and national surveillance programs.
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CRC Press
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Published on
May 17, 2006
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Pages
544
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ISBN
9781420005462
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English
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Medical / Infectious Diseases
Science / Life Sciences / General
Science / Life Sciences / Microbiology
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The detection and/or isolation and identification of pathogenic microorganisms is critical for the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. With growth-dependant methods providing reliable means for identifying pathogens, traditional culturing continues to play an integral role in the detection and characterization of known and "new" microbial pathogens. Microbiologists, therefore, rely on a variety of media for the detection, isolation, characterization, and identification of primary and opportunistic microbial pathogens.

The Handbook of Media for Clinical and Public Health Microbiology provides a compilation of the formulations, methods of preparation, and applications for media used in clinical and public health microbiology laboratories. It is a significant update to the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology, expanding the coverage to media used for public health epidemiological investigations of disease outbreaks and including media used for the detection of pathogens in foods and environmental samples. Comprising both classic and modern media, the handbook describes almost 1,800 types of media, listed alphabetically, including new media for the cultivation of emerging bacteria, fungi, and viruses that are causing major medical problems around the world. Examples of emerging pathogens are extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing bacteria, Escherichia coli O157:H7, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Many of the new media contain chromogenic or fluorogenic substrates that permit rapid detection of specific pathogens.

The handbook’s format allows easy reference to information needed to prepare media for cultivating clinically relevant microorganisms. It also contains descriptions of expected results for organisms that are important for the examination of foods, water, and other specimens of public health significance as well as clinical specimens.

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