Strelkauskas' Microbiology : A Clinical Approach book cover
3rd Edition

Strelkauskas' Microbiology
A Clinical Approach

  • Available for pre-order on June 28, 2023. Item will ship after July 19, 2023
ISBN 9781032043470
July 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Garland Science
720 Pages 459 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

As with the much-praised prior editions, the third edition of Strelkauskas' Microbiology: A Clinical Approach remains a comprehensive introductory textbook written specifically for pre-nursing, nursing and allied health students. Clinically relevant throughout, it uses the theme of infection as its foundation, fitting closely with the 'One Health' approach that is considered increasingly central to the effective control of zoonoses and to combatting antimicrobial resistance. The third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest developments, including the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and associated COVID-19 pandemic. The book is accompanied by a robust instructor ancillary package that allows educators to incorporate readily the book’s unique approach into their lectures and includes additional materials for students to supplement classroom learning and encourage and support study and self-reflection.

Key Features:

  • Student-focused, with all elements carefully designed to help students engage with and understand difficult concepts and to spark and hold interest
  • Dedicated learning skill section introduces practical strategies for improving comprehension and retention
  • Numerous text features further support learning and teaching, including chapter overviews, fast facts, case studies and human stories, and ‘why is this important?’ highlights
  • A variety of question-and-answer types for self-testing and reflection to support and assess basic learning, to challenge students to integrate important concepts and ask students to apply what they have just learned to a specific clinical setting or problem
  • All supported by a comprehensive suite of online resources including lecturer support material and, for students, interactive questions, lecture notes, MicroMovies and the BugParade

The book is an excellent resource to guide and support inter-professional education in the health sciences and an ideal entry-point to the subject for anyone coming from another discipline and invaluable supplementary reading for medical, microbiology and biomedical science students.

Table of Contents

Learning Skills

1. What Is Microbiology and Why Does It Matter?
2. Fundamental Chemistry for Microbiology
3. Essentials of Metabolism
4. An Introduction to Cell Structure and Host–Pathogen Relationships

5. Requirements for Infection
6. Transmission of Infection, the Compromised Host, Epidemiology, and Diagnosing Infections 
7. Principles of Disease
8. Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

9. The Clinical Significance of Bacterial Anatomy
10. Bacterial Growth
11. Microbial Genetics and Infectious Disease
12. The Structure and Infection Cycle of Viruses
13. Viral Pathogenesis
14. Parasitic and Fungal Infections

15. The Innate Immune Response
16. The Adaptive Immune Response
17. Failures of the Immune Response

18. Control of Microbial Growth with Disinfectants and Antiseptics
19. Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Drugs
20. Antibiotic Resistance

21. Infections of the Respiratory System
22. Infections of the Digestive System
23. Infections of the Genitourinary System
24. Infections of the Central Nervous System
25. Infections of the Blood
26. Infections of the Skin and Eyes

Figure Acknowledgements
Pathogen List

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Dr Beatrix Fahnert is a microbiologist, educator and Associate Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK.

Professor Phoebe Lostroh is a molecular microbiologist whose research has focused on bacterial "sex." She has recruited a diverse team of undergraduate researchers at Colorado College where she has won multiple awards, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty award for teaching, mentoring, and advising students of color and first-generation students. Her research has been supported by the NSF (2009-2018), NIH (1994-2003), and the Keck foundation (2001-2003). She's a volunteer comedienne with Science Riot, which brings science to the public through stand-up routines, and is the lead singer on Rejoice! an album of songs for activists.

Dr Jennifer Strelkauskas is a veterinarian specialising in small and large animal medicine and surgery, based in Washington state, US. She acts in a relief capacity for veterinarians across Washington and Oregon and is acting Head vet, Control Judge and Treatment vet at regional, national and international equine endurance rides.


"The easily navigable chapters are enriched with outstanding illustrations and informative tables, and finished with salient summary points. In fact, the learning aids presented far exceeded my expectations for a textbook!.The opening pages of the book contain a wealth of guidance on how to use these features, with further complimentary resources available on-line and in the form of accompanying software for those who wish to apply for them!.it is an interesting book that has been well researched and the format makes it fun to read." Microbiology Today, June 2010