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October 22, 1982

Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Medical Center


by Sydney M. Finegold and William J. Martin, ed 6; 705 pp, 232 illus, $27.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2056-2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160094044

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This is the second revision by Drs Finegold and Martin of the popular diagnostic microbiology textbook previously authored by R. E. Bailey and E. G. Scott. The current authors have aimed at expanding the book's audience to infectious disease physicians, clinical pathologists, public health workers, and nurses. As could be expected, the measure of their success depends on the purpose for which the book will be used by each group.

The volume covers all aspects of microbiology, including bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, antimicrobial susceptibility tests, serology, and rapid methods and automation. The material has been brought up to date by adding or expanding material or organisms, disease states, or laboratory procedures that are newly recognized or have become increasingly important. Examples include Legionella, Campylobacter, toxic shock syndrome, and viral diagnosis. Introductory chapters describe laboratory methods for collecting and processing specimens from various body areas and the microorganisms most likely to