The book's purpose is to help community-based primary care physicians and nurses, and laboratory-based microbiologists, better understand each other's requirements in collecting and interpreting specimens, and thus to improve the quality of patient care, while saving resources and reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescription.The book's structure fo
Introduction, Cases. Organisms and antibiotics. The urine specimen. The genital specimen. The swab of the chronic leg ulcer. Fungal scrapings of the nail apparatus (Onychomycosis), the hair and the skin. The faecal specimen. The eye and the respiratory tract specimen. The serology specimen. Infections in pregnancy. Antibiotic guidelines in the community.