In writing this rather short volume on the clinical aspects of microbiology, it was the major objective of Dr Moffet, professor of pediatrics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, to produce a book for second-year medical students, physicians, and laboratory technicians. This volume contains chapters on the clinically important pathogens, including bacteria, rickettsiae, viruses, selected protozoa, and nematodes. Each chapter is preceded by a list of objectives, asking the student to describe such items as the clinical picture of a given infection, the major characteristics of the pathogen, the sources of the infection, or aspects of chemotherapy and prevention. The chapters contain descriptions of the microorganisms, the clinical patterns of illness, the laboratory diagnoses, and treatment. Each chapter concludes with an extensive list of suitable references, many of them of recent dates.
It is surprising how much significant information is included in this volume of only some 240 pages. Much new