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As the editors say in the preface, microbiology continues to expand in this era of new infectious agents and difficult to manage infections. Since the first few editions, this book has established itself as a principal reference for clinical microbiologists. In its eighth edition, it is still a storehouse of much valuable information for the physician.
The book has four main sections. The first part deals with organization and functions. It contains information on epidemiology useful for those interested in infection control. The second part is devoted to the collection, transport, and processing of specimens. With regard to processing, both conventional and rapid, nontraditional methods are discussed. Very new techniques that were not in use several years ago, such as liposome-enhanced latex agglutination or genetic probes, introduce the reader to a new diagnostic philosophy that embodies the most recent findings of physics, chemistry, and immunology. The information presented on collection
Lorian V. Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology. JAMA. 1990;264(22):2941. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450220109038
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