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Mims' Medical Microbiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Trauma Manual) Paperback – 11 Oct 2007

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"This is a useful book for understanding immunology, as it puts it across in a clear and concise way. It also clarifies microbe classification, beyond what you find in clinical books. The depth of the information in the book is easy to follow and understand, and is good level for any medical student. The book also comes with access to student consult, with all its online goodies.
With its easy to use layout and useful summaries at the end of each section it will also be helpful during revision, especially to clear up any areas of difficulty. To top it off it even has little historical information boxes to provide a break from studying."
Medical Student, Glasgow University, UK
"I found myself wishing that I had been able to access such a textbook during my own training back in the eighties. Overall this book is an impressive achievement. It is clearly written, makes great use of full colour diagrams, illustration and pictures. It is up to date and is written by leaders in the field. The contribution of Peter Chiodini to this textbook results in an excellent coverage of modern parasitology...an excellent textbook to accompany an undergraduate medical course in medical microbiology."
Professor John Croall, The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists. April 2008, Number 142

BMA Book Awards 2008 - Commended

"I like the way the book is set out focusing on the interactions between host and pathogen. It's easy to find information with clear tables, illustrations, good subject headings etc. Information is well-summarised in various sections including "Pathogen parade". This book is a very good holistic approach to learning microbiology with a focus not only on pathogens but on the complex relationships with the host. There is a right amount of detail for the intended readership with information clearly summarised. The excellent accompanying illustrations enhance the text."

About the Author

Cedric Mims began as a zoologist, studying under GP Wells and JBS Haldane atUniversity College, London. He then went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, graduating in 1952. After hospital appointments he spent threeyears in Uganda investigating tropical fevers, and then 16 years in Canberra, Australia, interspersed with two years in the USA. This was followed by a 20 year period in London as Professor of Microbiology at Guys Hospital MedicalSchool, where his enthusiasm for teaching found its outlet.

His career has focussed on virology, infectious diseases and immunology, and he has produced five books and more than a hundred scientific papers on thesesubjects. Pathogenesis has been his constant research interest, covering a broad range, from warts and scrapie to LCM and herpes viruses. He is always astounded at ordinary people's ignorance of what goes on inside their bodies when a microbiological invader gets to work, and in 2000 he published "The War Within Us; Everyman's Guide to Infection and Immunity". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A good and easy to follow book
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The quick review on the most important patogens at the end of the book helps greatly to memorize them if it's the first time you are dealing with this subject. The book is clinical based, and excellent to have a good overview on the most important pathogens. But it's lacking by the way he describes pathogens physiology. Murray is better for this (but not as good by the clinical point of view). So, no book is perfect. Using both Mims and Murray is a good association for a throught learning and understanding of microbiology.
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This book is very colourful which on its own is a good thing and keeps students awake! Text is easy to read most of the time and the diagrams are clear and understandable. This book is a must for basic infection and immunity courses and helpful for medics too. Makes a great change from dull textbooks.
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Well, it starts off by being much better than Brock's Biology of Microorganisms. Its easy to follow, and by and large, easy to understand. Lacks detail on some of the viral diseases, but most of those you won't run into at university anyway.
If you're doing a microbiology or virology degree, this is a winner.
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I'm sorry, but this book just doesn't cut it when it comes to understanding the pathology of infectious diseases. It would be a brilliant book for medical students in its layout - being divided into separate chapters depending on type of infection, notes on treatment, symptoms and a test at the end of each chapter, presenting a case and asking you for appropriate tests, diagnosis and treatment, with answers provided in the back.
However, I am not a medic. I'm a biochemist studying infectious diseases as a subsid subject and there is a sigificant lack of detail in this book. It is a clearly written book, describing, almost narratively, the backgrounds of various illnesses but it just doesn't describe HOW and that's what you need if you are trying to study the pathogenesis of any disease.
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This book is pretty good and it should cover the gap in many degrees. However it has to be said that the book is not the most detailed of books, but its enough depth for most degrees at undergrad level most of the time. The book was also delivery in excellent timing and the seller was very cooperative. Overall this was a decent purchase.
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This book was very informative and beautifully written in a clear English. I studied BSc Biomedical Science and it aided me through second and third year of University.

It provides useful references. Plenty of images and guided diagrams to illustrate constructive points.
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