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Linda Bruslind, Oregon State University

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: Oregon State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Shabana Malik, Adjunct Instructor, College of DuPage on 4/19/21

The textbook is divided into acellular and cellular microorganisms where acellular is focused on viruses and prions and cellular with the rest of the microbes. This textbook has embedded web links instead of pictures which take students directly... read more

Reviewed by Robyn Roberts, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University on 12/8/20

This book does a good job of introducing the basic field of microbiology. Some books I’ve seen are very heavily focused on bacteria, and this one is a bit more comprehensive with sections on archaea and viruses. I wish it had sections on fungi... read more

Reviewed by Debby Filler, Professor, Minnesota State - Anoka Ramsey Community College on 7/1/19

Missing a section on Eukaryotic microbes - but interestingly, they are referred to fairly often - without actually explaining about them. read more

Reviewed by Beverly Burden, Associate professor, LSUS on 4/13/19, updated 5/6/19

The material shallow, best suited for a community college level course. read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Powell, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College on 3/19/19

So many commercial microbiology textbooks devote many chapters to descriptions of specific microbes from many of the major taxa. I really like the fact that this text does not, but rather focuses on the biology of microorganisms. It does a pretty... read more

Reviewed by Michael Chorney, Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University on 2/1/18

First off, I enjoyed the tome. It was a pleasant read and it covers most areas pertinent to microbiology. I give it reasonably high marks for comprehensiveness, though there are some holes. I also like its straightforward style (though there... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: An Invisible World
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: Prokaryotic Diversity
  • Chapter 4: The Eukaryotes of Microbiology
  • Chapter 5: Acellular Pathogens
  • Chapter 6: Microbial Biochemistry
  • Chapter 7: Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 8: Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics
  • Chapter 9: Control of Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 10: Antimicrobial Drugs
  • Chapter 11: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
  • Chapter 12: Disease and Epidemiology
  • Chapter 13: Innate Nonspecific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 14: Adaptive Specific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 15: Diseases of the Immune System
  • Chapter 16: Skin and Eye Infections
  • Chapter 17: Respiratory System Infections
  • Chapter 18: Urogenital System Infections
  • Chapter 19: Digestive System Infections
  • Chapter 20: Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections
  • Chapter 21: Nervous System Infections

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  • About the Book

    In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

    About the Contributors


    Linda Bruslind is a microbiology professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.

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