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Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology

2nd Edition

By James W. Snyder, Ronald M. Atlas

CRC Press

544 pages

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While evolving molecular diagnostic methods are being heralded for the role they will play in improving our ability to cultivate and identify bacteria, fungi, and viruses, the reality is that those new methods are still beyond the technical and financial reach of most clinical laboratories. Most clinical microbiology laboratories still rely upon culture methods for the identification of microorganisms of medical importance.

The newest edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology addresses the needs of clinical microbiology laboratories and infectious disease researchers. Authored by Ronald Atlas and James Snyder, who over the years have built solid reputations among researchers for their exceptionally reliable media handbooks, this volume gives microbiologists in clinical and medical laboratories the reference they need to quickly and effectively deal with the modern challenges shaping the field.

Organized for a fast-paced environment, this fully updated Second Edition provides clinical diagnostic laboratories with an easy-to-use reference for those routine and specialized media employed in the cultivation of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Almost 1,650 media are described in this edition, among them many newly developed media designed for the rapid detection and identification of disease-causing microorganisms, including those responsible for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Describes media designed to cultivate and identify Escherichia coli O157:H7, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci

Includes chromogenic or fluorogenic substrates that permit the rapid detection of specific pathogens critical to the diagnosis of individuals with specific infectious diseases

The Handbook provides a compilation of the formulations, methods of preparation, and applications for media used in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Listings are alphabetical, and each includes medium composition, instruction for preparation, commercial sources, and intended uses. This highly useful resource also discusses the role of the clinical laboratory in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and the process for detecting infectious diseases, including specimen receipt, media selection, antibiotic susceptibility testing, and biosafety considerations. It includes media for the cultivation of emerging and re-emerging pathogens and bioterrorism threat agents.


"Atlas and Snyder have created an excellent reference book for microbiological media that is comprehensive and, what is perhaps most important, is user-friendly and can save significant time and effort for the investigator who has the task of cultivating certain pathogenic microorganisms."

– Christian T. K.-H. Stadtländer, University of St. Thomas, in Microbe Magazine, June 2007

"It is a pleasant surprise to find a book covering in detail media for fungi, protozoa and cell culture as well as bacterial species. It appears to be up-to-date, including both newer media containing chromogenic and fluorogenic substrates in addition to many traditional media . . .I liked the combination of a detailed Table of contents as well as an Index which allows one to check both known individual media or groups of organism."

– Pam Hunter, in Microbiology Today, 2007

Table of Contents

Diagnostic Microbiology: Isolation and Identification of Pathogens

Isolation and Culture Procedures

Media for the Isolation and Identification of Microorganisms from Clinical Specimens


Alphabetical Listing of Media

About the Authors

Snyder\, James W.; Atlas\, Ronald M.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General