This book is one of the best handbooks I have seen recently.
Presentation by both class of microorganism and presentation makes it easy to locate the offending pathogen whether you are a budding microbiologist or a pre registration doctor/resident. The summaries are concise and easy to follow. So much so that I would suggest if you are sitting for any type of exam, you use the relevant entries as an aide memoir. The usual individual microorganism entry is presented as follows:
Location, transmission, diseases, diagnosis, antimicrobial.
The diagrams are relevant and informative. There are multiple colour plates. I enjoyed using this reference immensely! This is set in UK terms with a current UK immunisation schedule and generic names being used for medication. There is even a bibliography of references linking to the Cochrane database of systemic reviews or standard protocols/definitive journal articles.
I am not going to give a review for the Skyscape app but I know my reaction was similar to that of the Google Play store reviews when asked to give permissions for personal contact and calendar information. Just plain wrong. The app itself is free with certain basic modules. This book gives a code for a premium/paid module based on this book.
However I can see this app being very useful on the phone/ tablet instead of carrying various handbooks around. Perhaps installing it on a separate device unconnected to your account, ie linked to a new account.
This should in no way detract from a first class reference!
This is a superb resource for anyone who is looking at starting or revising this area of medicine. It would also be useful for anyone with an interest in microbiology or infectious diseases, even students of biology, human biology or epidemiology would find this book and the accompanying app helpful.
The text isn't overly complex, and has a section at the beginning explaining how to use the book, and one on the abbreviations used.
It is broken down into 2 main areas: microbiology and infectious diseases. There is also a section for "self assessment".
~ respiratory infections
~ gastrointestinal infections
~ cardiovascular infections
~ haematology infections and HIV
~ genitourinary infections
~ nervous system infections
~ skin infections
~ bone and joint infections
~ congenital, neonatal and childhood infections
~ history taking, septic screen and monitoring
For every infectious illness mentioned (and it is not a fully comprehensive book, but covers all the more prevalent infectious diseases) there is a description of symptoms along with possible causes.
Each of these sections also contains some, if not all, of these mini boxes:
*"Micro Case" - case studies and bullet point summaries
* "Micro Facts" - summarisation of the essential facts
* "Micro Print" - extra information that may not be essential to all
* "Micro Reference" - panels for further research and guidelines
At the end of the book is a section for "Self Assessment". Each question has the correct answer included in the book.
The book is full colour showing drawings of cells and photographs of stained slide sections.
The book comes with a special code for the app download. Please note that this code can only be used once, so pick your device carefully.
The app allows access to even more detailed information, along with "on the move" information and suggestions for further research.
This is a superb reference text book. If you are thinking of a carer in the medical, medico-research and/or medio-technical areas then I can recommend it and its associated app for your consideration.
Even if your studies are only limited to the cell based areas then you may find the "micro biology" sections well worth a look.
I look forward to other texts in this range.
I am currently reading for Masters degree at UCL in Clinical & Experimental Medicine. This book was a very welcome addition to my growing library. I wish I had this book during my undergraduate degree, which contained a module on microbiology. The easy to digest and concise material would be very much appreciated as a revision aid for examinations. I particularly found the list of abbreviations at the beginning of the book to be useful.
The actual book itself is fairly small and can easily fit into a students (or Jr. medics) bag. Without going into too much detail, the book covers the majority of microbiology tests. The book is divided into 3 rather large chapters; Microbiology, infectious diseases and self assessment.
PART 1- MICROBIOLOGY This section covers bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, helminths and antibiotics. Each chapter begins with a brief over view of the pathogen in question, before moving onto the infections they cause, laboratory identification and diagnostic tests. This is all supplemented with excellent microscopic images as well as charts and plenty of diagrams for easy learning.
PART 2- INFECTIOUS DISEASES This chapter covers a wide range of infections that cause specific infections in different bodily systems; respiratory , gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, haematological, genitourinary, nervous system, bone and joint, skin and childhood infections.
PART 3- SELF ASSESSMENT The final chapter puts learning into practice, covering various case studies and multiple-choice questions.
The item lost a star due to the below average online eBook. To view the eBook (I tested this for the iPad), one is 'required' to download the SkyScape App and the eBook is installed there. It would have been nice if this could have been downloaded to iBooks, instead. The content is present in the App, albeit in a condensed format. However, I have experienced the App shutting down, for no apparent reason, on a number of occasions. If it worked, I am sure it would have been a handy addition for Jr. Doctors to check their iPhone (the App also works on iPhoned) when they are uncertain about a diagnosis.
All-in-all, I am very pleases with this microbiology book. It is fairly reasonable enough for someone with a non-scientific background to grasp, but I would recommend a basic background in microbiology to really understand everything. This is a very up-to-date book in a condensed and easy to digest format. The book 5/5; highly recommended. The App 2/5.
"Microbiology and Infectious Diseases on the Move" is a book aimed at medical students, junior doctors, microbiologists or those who have an interest in the field infectious diseases. It's also a great revision tool.
While being almost pocket sized it contains a wealth of information on a massive range of bacteria, virus and fungi. Including community acquired and waterborne diseases.
It's structured in such a way thats is easy to follow and easy to navigate, either cover to cover to to look something up. It doesn't over pad subjects and uses lots of summaries and bullet points.
A few minor points, I would have liked more information on antibiotics such as side-effects, combination of the drugs and resistance. Also I'm a visual learner and while there are some good photos (all colour), it would have been good to have seen more. Finally there is very little on tropical diseases.
However it's great value for money considering what it offers and should be on your short list.
on 8 April 2014
As a third year medical student, currently trying to come to grips with clinical microbiology, this book was a God-send. Not only does it cover the relevant clinical material, but it also takes you back to basics, back to the beginning so you can refresh everything you've forgotten enabling you to understand the later clinical sections much more!
First of all, the layout is superb and set out in a way that is really easy to follow. It is divided into Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, Protozoa, Helminths and Antibiotics in the first section, before delving into the clinical sections e.g. respiratory infections and so on. There are also numerous flow-charts, diagrams and pictures which speak a thousand words and completely re-enforce the text. These enable you to quickly come to grips with the text rather than spending too long reading through text - fantastic if you're like me and don't enjoy reading encyclopaedias too much.
Secondly, the content is very succinct, and to the point making it easy to memorise exactly what you need to know rather than having to trawl through the masses of text-books again and again. Fact boxes also highlight the key facts from the text, making sure you really do remember what you have just read and you never miss a key point. It is also of perfect size and literally is a book I will take with me on the move. And as if all this wasn't enough, there are even self-assessment questions and answers at the end to re-enforce what you've just read.
This is a great book and one I will definitely take with me through my next few years of medical school and well into my further training as a doctor. I greatly recommend it to anyone who requires a revision aid to microbiology and lifelong support with infectious diseases!
on 7 May 2013
This book is a handy book for any medical student to use if they want to better get to grips with microbiology from the perspective of what a medical student needs to know.
The section on basic microbiology is a useful edition though the detail within this section is beyond what you would be required to know for any medical student examinations. However such detail is a useful read so that the student can better understand the second section which is an essential read most certainly before finals giving you all the major points you need to know about infections & their management across the body systems which without the first section would be harder to conceptualize.
Perhaps the most useful aspect of the first section is the mnemonic for learning the gram positive bacteria - 'sexy students can look bad come the morning' - I won't say what the bacteria are as others have given it below but if you use this then any question asking you to work out type of infection should be a lot easier.
The final section is a useful addition allowing you to test your knowledge gleaned from the rest of the book & the mobile access makes browsing the book a lot more convenient as you can restructure it by organism etc.
On the whole I would encourage a medical student who wishes to better prepare themselves for this component of the course in examinations to strongly consider this title as in my opinion it is easy to read & gives you the essential facts.
Competing Interests: Student Rep - received gratis copy of this title
Microbiology and infectious diseases is aimed at medical students/ junior Drs. It's a very concise summary of microbiology and would not be so useful for anyone without a general over and understanding of the field. There are numerous flow charts, photos and diagrams, and mnemonics even the odd line of history!
The book is divided:
PART I MICROBIOLOGY
PART II INFECTIOUS DISEASES
7 Respiratory infections
8 Gastrointestinal infections
9 Cardiovascular infections
10 Haematological infections and human immunodeficiency virus
11 Genitourinary infections
12 Nervous system infections
13 Skin infections
14 Bone and joint infections
15 Congenital, neonatal and childhood infections
16 History taking, septic screen and monitoring tests
17 Notifiable diseases
PART III SELF ASSESSMENT
19 Infectious diseases
For example in the microbiology section for a specific bacteria information will be given such as: shape, morphology, stain, culture techniques, O2 requirements, location (skin, GI etc), transmission diseases, anti microbial agent/drugs. The book is written primary by UK based physicians/students and reflects local practice including ref to NICE guidelines. However prescribing antibiotics should be done with consideration to local formularies.
The section for infectious diseases has a different focus: key disease features, causative agents, clinical features, complications, diagnosis and treatment.
The self assessment section has 50 very brief clinical cases.
The book has a code to allow access to a single copy of an e version. The instructions given in the cover are brief. The provider is skyscape and an account has to be set up with them and then an app downloaded on to the mobile device. (ipod/phone/pad or Android//Blackberry currently) Once you have found the right part of the web site guidelines are available to assist with the download. (Whilst this was not difficult some steps were not obvious) There are some free resources available with the apps but most of these have a US bias.
On first opening the ipad version looks nothing like the paper book. An alphabetical index is presented. Table of contents should be selected to mirror the paper version. The pictures are not part of the text. So to see flow diagrams the flow chart index has to be selected and to see diagrams and pictures the image index selected. The ebook is searchable, and selecting an item in the main index in many cases gives a choice of places where the item is cited. However the indexing may not return every citation. Selecting amoxicillin gives 3 places where it is cited, a brief review of the paper version demonstrate many more citings. Hence one cannot select amoxicillin and get a list of sensitive bacteria or every condition in the book where it might be used. It is possible to add book marks which can be used to help overcome navigation challenges.
Overall recommended for the target market
on 13 April 2014
This book is fantastic. Infectious disease lectures can quickly become boring and are very voluminous and in many instances it's hard to learn the bare minimum /core knowledge as it is often clouded with lots of other things.
The book is very compact and lightweight and is unlikely to add more load to an already heavy back. Coupled with that, there is also the ebook version , which means no weight at all. Meanwhile this book addresses a very daunting topic in a concise and succinct way. It groups the infections systematically and gives the core knowledge one ends to know about common infections. Highlights include: covering the immunisation schedule in children. childhood infection and sexual transmitted infections.
I wish I had this book when I was in pre clinical years it would have made , what was always a difficult task much easier and I honestly feel that if I had, had this book I would probably have a better recollection of all the infections I learnt about earlier on in medical school.
As a clinical student , this book should never be too far from your side ,especially when you are trying to learn the common infections associated with each system.
In regards to pictures and the layout of the book.The text is of the appropriate size and there are plenty of pictures to keep things interesting and they are in colour too. The test yourself sections at the back are also great to help you test what you have read.
on 9 April 2014
The book is divided into Part 1: Microbiology (pre-clinical medicine) and Part 2: Infectious diseases (clinical medicine, at least for me). All the pre-clinical medicine I had forgotten are laid out in nice little summaries at the beginning for me to revise. Before I had my ITU placement, I had forgotten nearly all the microbiology I learned in pre-clinicals, I picked this up to prevent another humiliation at the ward round.
The clinical section is brilliant, it contains all the common infectious disease in dermatology, paediatrics, genitourinary medicine, cardiology, gastrointestinal medicine, and respiratory medicine. Regarding the diseases, the book contains cause, incubation periods, duration, transmission, clinical features, and treatments. These are laid out clearly and succinctly in tables and bullet points which makes the information very easy to find.
I have been playing "guess the infection" on and off with a course-mate who also has this book. I have other books in this series, however, with this book in particular I find the micro-cases provide nice little vignettes for OSCE history taking practice. I am yet to find a more comprehensive microbiology book which does the job in the same number of words.
Hopefully, I will have less embarrassing microbiology ward rounds in future.
This is my first experience with this series of guides I really liked the layout; it is nicely colour coded, pleasant visuals in terms of diagrams and charts, the sections are easy to navigate, so that the would-be reader is able to zero in on the areas of interest quickly, considering its size the book is packed with the relevant information. In essence it has all the must have material for study, my only caveat is, as one reader has already pointed out, is tropical infections are almost non - existent in this guide. At the back of the book there is a good set of questions for self-assessment, which are clinically pertinent.
The down loadable apps side, was not as intuitive to set up, as one would have expected, and asked for excessive private data of the user and the use of premium rate numbers. I did not like these elements and believe that it could have been done better.
In conclusion then, this text is written by UK clinicians and conforms to guidelines and best practice in the UK and is intended for a UK target audience, this should not detract from the information contained, but should be borne in mind, when selecting this guide. A good revision text that enables one to cram up and very good size for portability as you revise on the go.