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Microbiology for Allied Health Students

(10 reviews)

Molly Smith

Sara Selby

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: University System of Georgia

Language: English

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Reviewed by Donna Newhall, R.N., Associate Professor Nursing, North Shore Community College on 11/9/22

The book covers the subject effectively, the glossary is inclusive. read more

Reviewed by Stewart Gardner, Assistant Professor, Emporia State University on 4/23/21

Covers most of the relevant topics, but there are a few that are excluded that would help with understanding, like microbial pathogenesis mechanisms. read more

Reviewed by Tamera Loveday, Instructor of Biology, Hawaii Community College on 4/12/21

They do a really nice job of covering diseases of specific organ systems, however, there is very little regarding bacterial growth and metabolism. In my opinion it would be hard to make the jump from discussing the variety of microbes in one... read more

Reviewed by Melissa Hayes, Assistant Professor, Lander University on 8/10/20

This textbook is very similiar to Cowan's Microbiology Fundamentals: A Clinical Approach. It covers the same content with many clinical applications that are appropriate for students going into healthcare fields. This text seems to be a great OER... read more

Reviewed by Edward Cosgrove, Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Boston on 6/25/20

I find the test to be a very comprehensive treatment of microbiology for allied health students. I find the Appendices to be excellent reviews of the basic principles of chemistry, physics and relevant mathematics. The Glossary is extensive and... read more

Reviewed by Wendy Trzyna, Professor, Marshall University on 2/18/20

The book includes chapters for all of the topics I would cover in a Microbiology course for Allied Health students. However, one of the topics/chapters that seems to be missing is one on aspects of microbial growth, growth media and methods for... read more

Reviewed by Penny Powell, Master Instructor, ULL on 11/4/19

This book covers all the information that needs to be covered for a one semester non-majors microbiology course that allied health students need. read more

Reviewed by Eddie Johnson, Professor of Human Biology, Central Oregon Community College on 6/20/19

This textbook extensively covers microbial life, and infections and diseases in humans (and other lifeforms). Each chapter thoroughly describes its aspect of microbiology, from microbial genetics, to acellular and cellular microbes, to defenses... read more

Reviewed by Emma Chaput, Associate Professor of Biology, Central Oregon Community College on 6/14/19

This text contains topics that are most appropriate for the target population, undergraduate allied health majors. I particularly like that the ASM (American Society of Microbiology) recommended curriculum guidelines are listed the text chapters... read more

Reviewed by Raj Nathaniel, Professor, Nicholls State University on 5/1/19

This textbook is designed for undergraduate allied health majors and is appropriately written for this audience. The topics covered are in sufficient detail and are grouped well as described in the table of contents. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: An Invisible World
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: The Eukaryotes of Microbiology
  • Chapter 4: Acellular Pathogens
  • Chapter 5: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
  • Chapter 6: Innate Nonspecific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 7: Adaptive Specific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 8: Diseases of the Immune System
  • Chapter 9: Control of Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 10: Antimicrobial Drugs
  • Chapter 11: Disease and Epidemiology
  • Chapter 12: Skin and Eye Infections
  • Chapter 13: Respiratory System Infections
  • Chapter 14: Urogenital System Infections
  • Chapter 15: Digestive System Infections
  • Chapter 16: Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections
  • Chapter 17: Nervous System Infections
  • Chapter 18: Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics

Appendix A: Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry Important to Microbiology

Appendix B: Mathematical Basics

Appendix C: Glossary

Ancillary Material

  • University System of Georgia
  • About the Book

    Microbiology for Allied Health Students is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements for the single semester Microbiology course for non-majors and allied health students. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of Microbiology for Allied Health Students make the material interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter.

    The scope and sequence of Microbiology for Allied Health Students has been developed and vetted with input from numerous instructors at institutions across the U.S. It is designed to meet the needs of most microbiology courses allied health students.

    With these objectives in mind, the content of this textbook has been arranged in a logical progression from fundamental to more advanced concepts. The opening chapters present an overview of the discipline, with individual chapters focusing on cellular biology as well as each of the different types of microorganisms and the various means by which we can control and combat microbial growth. The focus turns to microbial pathogenicity, emphasizing how interactions between microbes and the human immune system contribute to human health and disease. The last several chapters of the text provide a survey of medical microbiology, presenting the characteristics of microbial diseases organized by body system.

    About the Contributors


    Molly Smith, South Georgia State University

    Sara Selby, South Georgia State University

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