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2nd Edition

Case Studies in Infectious Disease

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ISBN 9780367696399
February 20, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
536 Pages 241 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Case Studies in Infectious Disease presents forty case studies featuring the most important human infectious diseases worldwide. Written for students of microbiology and medicine this book describes the natural history of infection from point of entry of the pathogen through pathogenesis, followed by the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. A further eight case studies have been provided online to allow for frequent updates to the material, and these can be downloaded by students.

Five core sets of questions are posed in each case, with the answers covering the nature of the infectious agent, route(s) of spread and of infection, pathogenesis of disease, host response to infection, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

This standardised approach provides the reader with a logical basis for understanding these diverse and medically important organisms and diseases, fully integrating microbiology and immunology throughout.

This book is aimed at both undergraduate and graduate microbiology students. Medical students will also find this book particularly useful in that it provides up to date core information on 48 globally important infectious diseases in a clear digestible form.  

Key features:

·        High-resolution photos accompany each case, from the causative agents of disease to the clinical manifestations of the infection.

·        Exquisite artwork helps to illustrate important concepts throughout the book.

·        Eight new cases added to this new edition, all of which are important infectious diseases of worldwide significance.

·        A standardised set of core questions allows students to directly compare differences between microbes such as their structure, clinical manifestations, host response, pathogenesis and availability of vaccines.

·        Online questions and answers to test the reader’s understanding of each case study

This standardized approach provides the reader with a logical basis for understanding these diverse and medically important organisms, fully integrating microbiology and immunology throughout. The new edition is accompanied by a suite of online resources to support students and lecturers.

Table of Contents

Aspergillus fumigatus

Borrelia burgdorferi and related species

Brucella spp.

Campylobacter jejuni 

Candida albicans

Chlamydia trachomatis 

Clostridiodies difficile


Echinococcus spp.


Epstein-Barr virus

Escherichia coli 

Giardia lamblia 

Helicobacter pylori 

Hepatitis B virus

Hepatitis C virus

Herpes simplex virus

Histoplasma capsulatum 

Human immunodeficiency virus

Influenza virus

Leishmania spp.

Leptospira spp.

Listeria monocytogenes 

Mycobacterium leprae

Mycobacterium tuberculosis 

Neisseria gonorrhoeae 

Neisseria meningitidis 



Plasmodium spp.

Respiratory syncytial virus

Rickettsia spp.

Salmonella typhi 

Schistosoma spp.

Staphylococcus aureus

Streptococcus pneumoniae 

Streptococcus pyogenes 

Toxoplasma gondii 

Trypanosoma spp.

Trichophyton spp. and dermatophytes


Online cases:

Bartonella bacilliformis

Coxiella burnetti

Dengue virus

Mycobacterium ascessus


Stretptococcus mitis

Varicella-Zoster virus

Wuchereria bancrofti

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Peter M Lydyard, Emeritus Professor of Immunology, University College Medical School, London, UK, Honorary Professor of Immunology, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK and Professor of Immunology, University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Michael F Cole
, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University Department of Microbiology & Immunology,  Washington DC. USA.

John Holton, Dept of Natural Sciences University of Middlesex London UK and Department of Pathology Darrent Valley Hospital Dartford UK.

William L Irving, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Virology, University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Nina Porakishvili, Principal Lecturer in Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK.

Dr Pradhib Venkatesan, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Department of Infectious Diseases, Nottingham University Hospitals City Campus, Nottingham. UK.

Katherine N Ward, Honorary Professor, Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London, UK.


"a handsome, excellent book on most common pathogens, with a clear orientation to immunology, physiopathology, and microbiology … It reads well and is an excellent textbook for medical students and a good source of illustrations, tables, and question ideas for teachers." Gary P. Wormser and Guillaume Béraud for Clinical Infectious Diseases.

"a valuable compilation of information on the most common diseases that cause illness and death worldwide. The presentation format with distinct sections makes it readable and well suited for either students just learning about the pathogens causing infectious disease or clinicians who need an update. The level of detail is well thought out and gives the reader a useful summary of each pathogen and disease state. The condensed presentations make it a good reference source for those with insufficient time to read through more detailed textbooks." Philip S. Brachman for Emerging Infectious Disease.