This excellent addition to the Case Files series offers 50 cases with USMLE-style comprehension questions for medical students who need to review the application of the basic sciences to clinical medicine, antimicrobial therapy, and clinical matters involving bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Each case includes an extended discussion (including definitions and a pathophysiology discussion), key points, and 3-5 USMLE-style comprehension questions. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reviewer: Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a very well designed review book covering all areas of clinical microbiology that capitalizes on the need of trainees to refresh knowledge prior to taking standardized examinations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a review of clinically relevant microbiology. This book would be helpful to medical students and residents as a review before board examinations.
Audience: This would be an excellent review book for medical students, medical technology students, and nursing students as well as medical residents preparing for examinations. With their vast amount of experience, the authors are well qualified to write on this subject.
Features: Although small enough to conveniently carry in a purse or bag, the book is well organized with a large amount of information. It has a unique organization that starts out with a clinical case, which is followed by questions relating to a basic science issue or a clinical issue. This introduction is followed by answers to the questions and a short synopsis of information about the infectious agent including clinical presentations, diagnostic issues based on clinical symptoms and laboratory detection, and then a final section on treatment and prevention. Each chapter also contains several multiple choice questions typical of board examinations, the answers to which are found at the end of the chapter. This is convenient for the reader who does not need to flip back and forth to the back of the book to find answers. At the end of each chapter is a box containing "Microbial pearls" or short statements of the most important issues regarding each infectious agent.
Assessment: This is a useful review book that I would use to prepare lectures and material for both medical students and residents. The presentation of material is easy to follow and it would rank very high compared to other review books.