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September 10, 1982

Significance of Medical Microbiology in the Care of Patients

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100073045

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This is a subspecialty text designed for the "medical microbiologist," presumably one who is involved in the supervision and function of a clinical microbiology laboratory. It is a diverse work with 25 chapters by 33 authors. I find four major subject divisions, although the book itself is not subdivided.

Chapters 1 through 5 provide a general discussion of the handling of specimens, the adequacy of their collection, and the relevance of speciation of bacteria in medical practice.

Six chapters deal with specific patient care problems. The sections on the immunosuppressed patient, microbiology of wounds, emergency microbiology, and pediatric microbiology are short and rather encyclopedic in approach. The chapter on bacteriology of sputum and John A. Washington's discussion of blood cultures are current, controversial, well written, and amply illustrated. They stand out as two of the finest chapters and can be considered stateof-the-art discussions.

Pseudomonas species, mycobacteria, Chlamydia, and parasitic diseases