1st Edition

Microbial Pathogens and Human Diseases

By N A Khan Copyright 2008

    This book provides a concise but comprehensive description of human infectious diseases due to microbial pathogens, from a physician‘s and a microbiologist‘s point of view, as well as providing an understanding of the use of microbial pathogens as biological weapons. It is indispensable for students, physicians, medical and nursing staff, and infectious disease specialists. All topics are covered in a concise fashion, which also are useful for self-study and life-long learning (applicable for part-time students).

    Microbial or Infectious Diseases: Introduction: Disease
    Microbial infectious diseases
    Why study infectious diseases-Global perspective
    The forgotten world
    Why can't we get rid of infectious diseases?
    Antimicrobial resistance: a clear and present danger
    Portals of entry; Pathogen reservoir
    Modes of transmission
    The way forward Major Human Microbial Infectious Diseases: The study of microbial infectious diseases: a physician's and a microbiologists's perspective
    Human body
    Skin infections
    Eye infections
    Ear infections
    Respiratory infections
    Lower respiratory infections
    Gastrointestinal infections
    Liver infections
    Urinary tract infections
    Central nervous system infections
    Sexually transmitted diseases
    Cardiovascular infections
    Bone and joint infections (Skeletal system)
    Disseminated infections
    Other important infections
    Human defence mechanisms
    Commonly used Antimicrobials
    Infectious agents: the missing link
    Viral classification
    Viral genetics
    Viral infections
    Viral pathogenesis
    Control of viral infections
    Major viral pathogens of humans
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the model virion
    Bacteria: Introduction
    Pathogenesis and virulence of bacterial infections
    Bacterial toxins; Bacterial evasion of immune defences
    Control of bacterial infections
    Major bacterial pathogens of humans
    Escherichia coli as a model bacterium
    Protozoa: Introduction
    Protozoa: cellular properties
    Life cycle
    Protozoa as human pathogens
    Balamuthia mandrillaris as a model protozoan
    Fungi: Introduction
    Fungi-cellular properties
    Growth in fungi
    Fungal transmission
    Strategies against pathogenic fungi
    Human fungal infections
    Cryptococcus neoformans as a model fungus
    Microbes as Bioweapons: Microbes as biological weapons
    Agents for bioweapons
    Preventative measures
    Therapeutic measures


    Khan, N A