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Wesley White, MD
JAMA. 1990;263(18):2520. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440180132049.
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The authors describe this textbook of microbiology as "designed for medical students with a strong interest in science, as well as for graduate students and investigators." They are right on target. This remains the premier textbook of microbiology for students. It can be an excellent reference text for microbiologists and laboratory workers.

The basic design has changed little since the 1980 edition. There are 65 chapters by 33 authors, divided among four major sections. The first is on bacterial physiology and genetics. This section shows the most reorganization and reworking. Advances in molecular genetics and gene regulation are clearly apparent. There are chapters on bacterial structure, growth, protein synthesis, DNA replication, and chemotherapy for infectious agents.

Section 2 on immunology remains one of the strongest sections. It, along with the virology section, can be purchased separately as a paperback book. All aspects of the human immune response, including immunoglobulins, cell-mediated


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