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Author Q&A Session: Keith Struthers

Clinical Microbiology, Second Edition
Keith Struthers

We are pleased to share with you our author Q&A session with Keith Struthers! Author of Clinical Microbiology, Struthers talks about his title and what makes it stand out, which is available for purchase here.

Q&A with Keith Struthers:


1. What motivated you to write Clinical Microbiology and how is the new edition different from your previous book, Clinical Bacteriology?

Clinical Microbiology is an expansion of Clinical Bacteriology and embraces the whole discipline of microbiology. The science of a wider range of organisms in relation to basic human anatomy and physiology, as well as diagnosis and treatment is added. The extra information on laboratory diagnostics and hospital infection control completes the material, providing a single educational resource for those in medical and biomedical-sciences training.   

2. What is your academic background?

I initially trained in academic microbiology and virology, doing my doctorate at Oxford in the late 1970s. After that I did my medical training and specialised in Medical Microbiology, working as a consultant medical microbiologist since. In both science and medicine, I have had extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as research. This is my third textbook.

3. What makes your book stand out from its competitors?

This book has condensed the content of a vast subject into 250 pages. Complimenting an easy-to-read text, the numerous diagrams provide a straightforward presentation of the facts. Material in the book is new, including that in chapters on epidemiology and assessment, the diagnostic laboratory and infection control.

The on-line MCQ and answers, along with the five explanatory infection control scenarios is a new initiative for teaching this subject.

4. Do you have any events lined up? Are you attending any conferences?

I plan to attend the Federation of Infection Societies Conference in Birmingham, 30th November to 2nd December 2017

5. What sparked your interest in microbiology?

It is the outstanding ways that microorganisms of all sorts “make a living” in the human body. This ranges from the astonishing parasitism of the cell’s RNA splicing mechanism  by adenovirus and HIV, through to the complex life cycle of the worm Ascaris lumbricoides.  This is complimented by the research in the last 70 years or so that has not only provided  the enthralling appreciation of how microorganisms function, but also that required to develop anti-infective agents, as well understanding how  resistance arises.

It is a lot more than an interest, but rather a deep respect for the adaptability of microorganisms that enable them to exploit any anatomical, physiological, immunological or epidemiological opportunity they come across. 

6. Do you have plans for future books? What’s next in the pipeline for you?

As an academic virologist of the past, I am currently planning the layout for a “new style” book on human virology. The rest is a secret!

7. Can you describe your book in one sentence?

Comprehensive, concise and easy to read; it provides an appreciation of the essential material for a firm understanding of microbiology in ward-based clinical training.

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