Here are some of the top, nice and good microbiology books which we can study to get the basics as well as some advanced knowledge of systemic and diagnostic microbiology. These are arranged randomly because it’s really hard to choose one “best” book. I have compiled some of the best books available in the market. They are all really good.
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Authors: Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke and Christine L. Case
An engaging and clear approach to learning complex microbiology topics and theory Praised for its exceptionally clear presentation of complex topics, this #1-selling text for microbiology non-majors provides a careful balance of concepts and applications, proven art that teaches and the most robust, dynamic media in Mastering Microbiology. The Twelfth Edition of Tortora, Funke, and Case’s Microbiology: An Introduction focuses on big picture concepts and themes in microbiology, encouraging students to visualize and synthesize tough topics such as microbial metabolism, immunology, and microbial genetics. The text and accompanying resources also help students make connections between microbiology theory and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Read more…
Authors: Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, Kelly S. Bender, Daniel H. Buckley, David A. Stahl and Thomas Brock
The authoritative #1 textbook for introductory majors microbiology, Brock Biology of Microorganisms continues to set the standard for impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and outstanding illustrations and photos. This book for biology, microbiology, and other science majors balances cutting edge research with the concepts essential for understanding the field of microbiology, including strong coverage of ecology, evolution, and metabolism.
The Fourteenth Edition seamlessly integrates the most current science, paying particular attention to molecular biology and how the genomic revolution has changed and is changing the field. This edition offers a streamlined, modern organization with a consistent level of detail and updated, visually compelling art program. Brock Biology of Microorganisms includes MasteringMicrobiology®, an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts both in and outside the classroom. Read more…
Authors: Mark Gladwin, Bill Trattler and C. Scott Mahan
A brief, clear, thorough, and highly enjoyable approach to clinical microbiology, brimming with mnemonics, humor, summary charts and illustrations, from Ebola to AIDS to “flesh-eating bacteria” to mad cow disease, hantavirus, anthrax, smallpox, botulism, etc. Excellent Board review.
Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple edition 6 by Mark Gladwin is another one of those must-have best books you can safely purchase upon entering medical school. The focus is to overview all of the bugs (microbiology pathogens) and drugs that medical students encounter in preclinical Microbiology, the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 exams, and the wards.
Whether you are incredibly interested in Microbiology or find it to be a gigantic anxiety provoking and overwhelming burden on your medical school career, Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple will keep you sane. The strength of the book is taking the daunting task of mass memorization and breaking it down into digestible memorable portions, and using very silly drawings. The drawings themselves are either produced by a really bad adult artist, or a really talented second grader. Either way, they have a habit of really sticking. I have yet to forget that salmonella hangs out in the gallbladder, despite never being tested on that factoid. In all actuality, the book might as well be named Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculous, because that’s what you’re getting. The book even has its own set of cited “Mneomonists” that helped with the ridiculousness. Read more…
Authors: Joanne Willey, Linda Sherwood and Christopher J. Woolverton
The author team of Prescott’s Microbiology continues the tradition of past editions by providing a balanced, comprehensive introduction to all major areas of microbiology. This balance makes Microbiology appropriate for microbiology majors and mixed majors courses. The authors have introduced a number of pedagogical elements designed to facilitate student learning. They also remain focused on readability, artwork, and the integration of several key themes (including evolution, ecology and diversity) throughout the text, making an already superior text even better.
- Separate Chapters on Bacteria and Archaea
- Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
- Laboratory Safety
- Readiness Check and Learning Outcomes
- More Annotated Figures
- McGraw-Hill ConnectPlus Microbiology®
- McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™
Authors: Geo. Brooks, Karen C. Carroll, Janet Butel and Stephen Morse
The twenty-sixth edition of Jawetz, Melnick & Adelberg’s Medical Microbiology delivers a concise, up-to-date overview of the roles microorganisms play in human health and illness. Linking fundamental principles with the diagnosis and treatment of microbial infections, this classic text has been updated throughout to reflect the tremendous expansion of medical knowledge that has taken place since the last edition published. Along with brief descriptions of each organism, you will find vital perspectives on pathogenesis, diagnostic laboratory tests, clinical findings, treatment , and epidemiology. The book also includes an entire chapter of case studies that focuses on differential diagnosis and management of microbial infections.
Jawetz, Melnick & Adelberg’s Medical Microbiology, 26e introduces you to basic clinical microbiology through the fields of bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology, giving you a thorough yet understandable review of the discipline. Read more…
Author: Patricia Tille
Known as the #1 bench reference for practicing microbiologists and an excellent text for students in clinical laboratory science programs, Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 13th Edition helps you develop and refine the skills you need for effective laboratory testing. In-depth information is useful and easily accessible, with step-by-step instructions for all the procedures. This edition features more than 20 NEW chapters plus updated material on the newest advances and the latest trends in clinical microbiology. Written by expert Dr. Patricia Tille, this classic reference addresses the topics and issues most relevant to you and your success on the job.
- Hands-on procedures include step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, and expected results, helping you achieve more accurate results.
- Case studies give you the opportunity to apply your skills in a variety of diagnostic scenarios and help improve your decision-making and critical thinking skills.
- Genera and Species to be Considered boxes highlight all of the organisms to be discussed in each chapter, including the current name of the species as well as any previous names.
- Student resources on Evolve enhance your learning with review questions and procedures.
- Convenient, easy-to-read tables summarize key information.
- Detailed, full-color illustrations aid comprehension and help you visualize concepts.
- A glossary of terms is found at the back of the book for quick reference.
- NEW! Learning objectives begin each chapter, giving you a measurable outcome to achieve by the completing the material.
- NEW! Review questions on the Evolve companion website are tied to learning objectives, and enhance your understanding and retention of chapter content.
- NEW! Reader-friendly chapters cover groups of related organisms rather than addressing all at once, including the parasitology, mycology, and virology chapters.
Authors: David Greenwood, Richard C. B. Slack, Michael R. Barer and Will L Irving
Medical microbiology concerns the nature, distribution and activities of microbes and how they impact on health and wellbeing, most particularly as agents of infection. Infections remain a major global cause of mortality and in most hospitals around one in ten of those admitted will suffer from an infection acquired during their stay. The evolution of microbes presents a massive challenge to modern medicine and public health. The constant changes in viruses such as influenza, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and SARS demand vigilance and insight into the underlying process.
Building on the huge success of previous editions, Medical Microbiology 18/e will inform and inspire a new generation of readers. Now fully revised and updated, initial sections cover the basic biology of microbes, infection and immunity and are followed by a systematic review of infective agents, their associated diseases and their control. A final integrating section addresses the essential principles of diagnosis, treatment and management. An unrivalled collection of international contributors continues to ensure the relevance of the book worldwide and complimentary access to the complete online version on Student Consult further enhances the learning experience.
Medical Microbiology is explicitly geared to clinical practice and is an ideal textbook for medical and biomedical students and specialist trainees. It will also prove invaluable to medical laboratory scientists and all other busy professionals who require a clear, current and most trusted guide to this fascinating field. Read more…
Author: Monica Cheesbrough
Changes in the organization of health services in developing countries have led to district levels assuming more responsibility for the planning, delivery and quality of community health care. This fully up-dated new edition has been produced to help those working in the district laboratory, and those responsible for the organization and management of community laboratory services and the training of district laboratory personnel. Replacing the previous publication Medical Laboratory Manual for Tropical Countries, this book provides an up-to-date practical bench manual, taking a modern approach to the provision of a quality medical laboratory service. Read more…
Author: Monica Cheesbrough
This new edition includes an update on HIV disease/AIDS, recently developed HIV rapid tests to diagnose HIV infection and screen donor blood, and current information on antiretroviral drugs and the laboratory monitoring of antiretroviral therapy. Information on the epidemiology and laboratory investigation of other pathogens has also been brought up to date. Several new, rapid, simple to perform immunochromatographic tests to assist in the diagnosis of infectious diseases are described, including those for brucellosis, cholera, dengue, leptospirosis, syphilis and hepatitis. Recently developed lgM antibody tests to investigate typhoid fever are also described. The new classification of salmonellae has been introduced. Details of manufacturers and suppliers now include website information and e-mail addresses. The haematology and blood transfusion chapters have been updated, including a review of haemoglobin measurement methods in consideration of the high prevalence of anaemia in developing countries. Read more…
Since its first publication in 1929, Topley & Wilson’s Microbiology & Microbial Infections has grown from one to eight volumes, a reflection of the ever-increasing breadth and depth of knowledge in each of the areas covered. The tenth edition continues the tradition of providing the most comprehensive available reference on microorganisms and related infectious diseases.
The new edition of Topley & Wilson’s Microbiology & Microbial Infections is an essential addition to the bookshelves of medical microbiologists, immunologists, infectious disease specialists and public health professionals, as well as being a standard reference for specialists within the pharmaceutical industry, trainees across the medical sub-specialities, and laboratory technicians.
A comprehensive reference to microorganisms and the resulting infectious diseases currently available. Forming a unique online resource that provides a handy reference for medical microbiologists, immunologists, infectious disease specialists, pathologists and public health scientists. Provides extensive coverage of virology, bacteriology, medical mycology, parasitology and immunology. It includes the latest information on epidemiology, identification, classification and new and emerging infections, all supported by the basic science that underlie infectious disease. Read more…
Authors: Kenneth Ryan, C. George Ray, Nafees Ahmad, W. Lawrence Drew, Michael Lagunoff, Paul Pottinger, L. Barth Reller and Charles R. Sterling
The most dynamic, comprehensive, and student-friendly text on the nature of microorganisms and the fascinating processes they employ in producing infections disease
For more than a quarter-of-a-century, no other text has explained the link between microbiology and human disease states better than Sherris Medical Microbiology. Through a vibrant, engaging approach, this classic gives you a solid grasp of the significance of etiologic agents, the pathogenic processes, epidemiology, and the basis of therapy for infectious diseases.
Part I of Sherris Medical Microbiology opens with a non-technical chapter that explains the nature of infection and the infection agents. The following four chapters provide more detail about the immune response to infection and the prevention, epidemiology, and diagnosis of infectious disease. Parts II through V form the core of the text with chapters on the major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases. Each of these sections opens with chapters on basic biology, pathogenesis, and antimicrobial agents.
Features and Learning Aids:
- 57 chapters that simply and clearly describe the strains of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can bring about infectious diseases
- Explanations of host-parasite relationship, dynamics of infection, and host response
- A clinical cases with USMLE-style questions concludes each chapter on the major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases
- All tables, photographs, and illustrations are in full color
- Clinical Capsules cover the essence of the disease(s) caused by major pathogens
- Margin Notes highlight key points within a paragraph to facilitate review
- In addition to the chapter-ending case questions, a collection of 100 practice questions is also included
Sometime in the future, an improved understanding of current worldwide infectious disease scourges will lead to their control. Hopefully, you will find the basis for that understanding presented in the pages of this book. Read more…
Authors: N. Cary Engleberg, Terence Dermody and Victor DiRita
Schaechter’s Mechanisms of Microbial Disease provides students with a thorough understanding of microbial agents and the pathophysiology of microbial diseases. The text is universally praised for “telling the story of a pathogen” in an engaging way, facilitating learning and recall by emphasizing unifying principles and paradigms, rather than forcing students to memorize isolated facts by rote. The table of contents is uniquely organized by microbial class and by organ system, making it equally at home in traditional and systems-based curricula. Case studies with problem-solving questions give students insight into clinical applications of microbiology, which is ideal for problem-based learning.
- Updated art program with additional clinical and pathology-based images
- Increased pedagogical value of figure legends and Paradigm Boxes
- Appendix of quick reference summary tables featuring Major Bacteria, Main Pathogenic Bacteria, Medically Important Fungi, and Main Pathogenic Viruses
- Improved layout to increase clarity and practicality
- E-book, Interactive Question Bank, Image Bank, and more!
Authors: Patrick R. Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal and Michael A. Pfaller
Quickly learn the microbiology fundamentals you need to know with Medical Microbiology, 7th Edition, by Dr. Patrick R. Murray, Dr. Ken S. Rosenthal, and Dr. Michael A. Pfaller. Newly reorganized to correspond with integrated curricula and changing study habits, this practical and manageable text is clearly written and easy to use, presenting clinically relevant information about microbes and their diseases in a succinct and engaging manner.
- Master the essentials of medical microbiology, including basic principles, immunology, laboratory diagnosis, bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology.
- Progress logically through consistently formatted chapters that examine etiology, epidemiology, disease presentation, host defenses, identification, diagnosis, prevention, and control for each microbe.
- Grasp complex material quickly with summary tables and text boxes that emphasize essential concepts and issues.
- Access the complete text, additional images, 200 self-assessment questions, animations, and more online at studentconsult.com.
- Learn the most up-to-date and relevant information in medical microbiology.
- Study efficiently thanks to a reorganized format that places review chapters at the beginning of each section and review questions at the end of each chapter.
- Focus on clinical relevance with new interactive case presentations to introduce each of the microbial pathogens that illustrate the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.
- Visualize the clinical presentations of infections with new and updated clinical photographs, images, and illustrations.
Authors: Richard A. Harvey and Cynthia Nau Cornelissen
A MUST READ for mastering essential concepts in microbiology
Well-known and widely used for their hallmark illustrations, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews bring concepts to vibrant life. Students rely on LIR for quick review, easier assimilation, and understanding of large amounts of critical, complex material.
• Outline format and full-color illustrations: More than 400 color illustrations and color-coded summaries provide key information at a glance and helpful visual explanations
• Illustrated case studies and questions to support USMLE prep: Expanded discussions reinforce key concepts and review questions with detailed rationales allow for self-assessment
• New bookmark features mini-index of important microorganisms for quick and easy reference
“Microbiology can be an overwhelming topic, but the pictures, concise descriptions, and parallel structure of each chapter helps to make the subject easier to understand and digest.” – Amelia Keaton, medical student
“I think this book better meets the needs of the market because of its review chapters and disease summaries, its review questions, and its excellent photographs of clinical manifestations of microbial disease. I also found this book easier to read and study from.” – Devorah Segal, medical student
FREE online! (with purchase of the text)
• Interactive question bank for test-taking practice
• Fully searchable eBook for studying on-the-go
Now in full color, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Microbiology, Third Edition enables rapid review and assimilation of large amounts of complex information about medical microbiology. The book has the hallmark features for which Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews volumes are so popular: an outline format, 450 full-color illustrations, end-of-chapter summaries, review questions, plus an entire section of clinical case studies with full-color illustrations. This edition’s medical/clinical focus has been sharpened to provide a high-yield review. Five additional case studies have been included, bringing the total to nineteen. Review questions have been reformatted to comply with USMLE Step 1 style, with clinical vignettes. Read more…
Author: Warren Levinson
The most concise, clearly written, and up-to-date review of medical microbiology and immunology
Essential for USMLE review and medical microbiology coursework!
Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology is a succinct, high-yield review of the medically important aspects of microbiology and immunology. It covers both the basic and clinical aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology and also discusses important infectious diseases using an organ system approach. The book emphasizes the real-world clinical application of microbiology and immunology to infectious diseases and offers a unique mix of narrative text, color images, tables and figures, Q&A, and clinical cases.
Content valuable to any study objective or learning style:
- 654 USMLE-style practice questions test your knowledge and understanding
- 50 clinical cases illustrate the importance of basic science in clinical diagnosis
- A complete USMLE-style practice exam consisting of 80 questions
- Pearls for the USMLE impart important basic science information
- Concise summaries of medically important microorganisms
- Self-assessment questions with answers appear at the end of almost every chapter
- Color images depict clinically important findings
- Gram stains of bacteria, electron micrographs of viruses, and microscopic images depict fungi, protozoa, and worms
- NINE NEW CHAPTERS on infectious diseases from an organ system perspective
Authors: Michael J. Leboffe and Burton E. Pierce
This full-color laboratory manual is designed for major and non- major students taking an introductory level microbiology lab course. Whether your course caters to pre-health professional students, microbiology majors or pre-med students, everything they need for a thorough introduction to the subject of microbiology is right here. The new edition features an entirely new art program and many new or enhanced photographs throughout the book. A total of 24 new exercises have been included in this edition, the majority of which can be found in the sections regarding applied microbiology (environmental microbiology and microbial genetics in particular). Many exercises have been updated to increase readability, to produce better results, and to increase student success. The manual emphasizes content and skills as advised by the American Society for Microbiology in their Laboratory Core Curriculum. The lab experiments, which have been chosen to provide exposure to lab experiences from all areas of microbiology, will allow your students to develop insight into the process of science and experience some of the excitement associated with using a scientific approach to answering questions.
- This version of the manual contains 38 exercises that are not included in the Brief Edition, including:
- Microscopic Examination of Pond Water
- Reduction Potential
- Clinical Biofilms
- Winogradsky Column
- Nitrogen Fixation
- Soil Slide Culture
- Restriction Digest
- Polymerase Chain Reaction
- Phage Typing of E. coli Strains
- Quantitative Indirect ELISA
- Includes more than 500 full-color, high-quality, coloraccurate photographs, micrographs, and illustrations.
- Exercises have been written to provide exposure to lab experiences from all areas of microbiology.
Authors: Louise Hawley, Benjamin Clarke and Richard J. Ziegler
BRS Microbiology and Immunology is a popular volume in the Board Review Series for medical students. Written in a concise, readable outline format, this book is intended to cover topics most commonly tested on USMLE. Included are 300 to 500 review questions in the USMLE-style format, and a comprehensive examination.
- Over 350 USMLE-style questions, answers, and rationales
- Features both “bug” and organ-systems approaches
- Highlights key topics
- Focus on critical microbiological and immunological concepts needed to understand important human infections and the immune system function and malfunction
Author: Elmer W. Koneman
Long considered the definitive work in its field, this new edition presents all the principles and practices readers need for a solid grounding in all aspects of clinical microbiology—bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology. Tests are presented according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly NCCLS) format.
This extensively revised edition includes practical guidelines for cost-effective, clinically relevant evaluation of clinical specimens including extent of workup and abbreviated identification schemes. New chapters cover the increasingly important areas of immunologic and molecular diagnosis.
Clinical correlations link microorganisms to specific disease states. Over 600 color plates depict salient identification features of organisms.
—New: Extensive, up-to-date coverage addresses all areas of the clinical microbiology laboratory.
—New: Practical guidelines provide guidance for cost-effective, clinically relevant evaluation of clinical specimens, including extent of workup and abbreviated identification schemes.
—New: New chapters provide an introduction to the increasingly important areas of immunologic and molecular diagnosis.
—New: Expanded color plate section includes 627 color figures (Fifth Edition had 510 color figures). Color plates are designed to include the salient presentations and identification features of the specific organism being presented.
–Principles of biochemical tests are explained and illustrated to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
–Line drawings, photographs, and tables enhance the understanding of more complex concepts.
–Extensive bibliographic documentation allows students to explore the primary source for information.
–Clinical correlations link microorganisms to specific disease states using references to the most current medical literature available.
–Tests expressed according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly NCCLS) formation for easy adoption into laboratory procedure manuals
–Organized by microorganism to eliminate duplicated information
–Easy-to-read charts outline theory, procedure, and interpretation of tests
–Display boxes highlight essential information on microbes
–Various techniques and procedure charts have been placed at the back of the book for immediate access
–Index has been prepared in great detail, with the extensive use of subtopics that point to specific information for immediate and easy access.
Authors: Kathleen Park Talaro and Barry Chess
Foundations in Microbiology is an allied health microbiology text for non-science majors with a taxonomic approach to the disease chapters. It offers an engaging and accessible writing style through the use of tools such as case studies and analogies to thoroughly explain difficult microbiology concepts. We are so excited to offer a robust learning program with student-focused learning activities, allowing the student to manage their learning while you easily manage their assessment. Detailed reports show how your assignments measure various learning objectives from the book (or input your own!), levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy or other categories, and how your students are doing. The Talaro Learning program will save you time while improving your students success in this course.Read more…
Author: Jacquelyn G. Black and Laura J. Black
Microbiology: Principles and Explorations has been a best-selling textbook for several editions due to the author’s engaging writing style where her passion for the subject shines through the narrative. The text’s student-friendly approach provides readers with an excellent introduction to the study of Microbiology. This text is appropriate for non-major and mixed major microbiology courses, allied health, agriculture and food sciences’ courses as well.
New To This Edition
- Concept Compass: The 9th edition has updated and improved the chapter opening Concept Compass which provides students with the key concepts and highlights where animations are available in the WileyPLUS course for each concept. Students will be able to easily navigate through the text and identify key sections which require review and practice, and where to find the related study tools.
- Chapter Opener Vignettes amplify the author’s unique ability to take the reader on a microbiology journey. These two page chapter openers engage students into the chapter by drawing a connection to hot issues in the field, applications and factoids of high interest.
- Content has been updated throughout the narrative of the text. This updating also includes some of the artwork and micrographs presented throughout the text.
Authors: Denise Anderson, Sarah Salm, Deborah Allen and Eugene Nester
Perfect for the non-major/allied health student (and also appropriate for mixed majors courses), this text provides a rock solid foundation in microbiology. By carefully and clearly explaining the fundamental concepts and offering vivid and appealing instructional art, Microbiology: A Human Perspective draws students back to their book again and again!
The text has a concise and readable style, covers the most current concepts, and gives students the knowledge and mastery necessary to understand advances of the future. A body systems approach is used in the coverage of diseases. Read more…
Author: Marjorie Kelly Cowan
Microbiology: A Systems Approach is a microbiology text for non-science/allied health majors with a body systems approach to the disease chapters. It is known for its engaging writing style, instructional art program and focus on active learning. Its unique organization in the disease chapters presents students with information in the way they would encounter it in a clinical setting, instead of separating disease information by taxonomy.
The proven successful digital program including Connect, LearnSmart and SmartBook gives students access to one of the most effective and successful adaptive learning resources available on the market today. Read more…