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The preface of this tenth edition states the goals of the authors. They have done an admirable job of adhering to them. This book is designed primarily for the hard-pressed student of medicine who wishes to supplement his lecture notes with additional material to facilitate understanding medical microbiology.
The introductory sections (which I imagine Adelberg wrote) are concise and lucid. The discussions of various pathogenic microorganisms, antimicrobial agents, and sterilization are well done. The areas on viruses give sufficient background and pertinent discussion for the reader to derive a clear appreciation of virus development and viruses as agents of disease.
To be sure, there are minor areas that are covered in less detail than in major texts, but I feel there are no major deficits. It is possible to select small points that are no longer true. An example would be the statements explaining the antibacterial action of the aminoglycoside
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