Cowan and Steel's Manual for the Identification of Medical Bacteria

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Medical - 331 pages
Cowan and Steel's Manual has for many years had an essential role in every laboratory of microbiology and bacteriology. This substantially revised new edition, which is modelled on the successful pattern established in the previous two editions, has been fully updated and is suitable for all bacteriological laboratories using traditional diagnostic methods. It is essentially a practical manual with up-to-date contributions and key references by experts to the diagnostic characteristics of the bacteria likely to be encountered in public health and hospital microbiology laboratories, as well as in medical and veterinary practice. This edition contains new sections on rapid and mechanised test methods, and on the laboratory applications of computer theory and practice to the identification of bacteria. As in previous editions, the importance of laboratory quality control and proficiency procedures are emphasised. The Appendices give details of the laboratory methods and media for all the recommended diagnostic tests and, in addition, provide abstracts of the official guidelines for bacterial nomenclature.
 

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Good Simple guide to the identification of medically important bacteria.
Concentrates on the laboratory identifcation and therefore a must in every medical microbiology laboratory.

Contents

constituents
7
Principles of isolation
15
Bacterial characters
21
1
43
Characters of Grampositive bacteria
50
Characters of Gramnegative bacteria
94
group
117
Taxonomy in theory and practice
165
Test organisms
239
F Use of computers
249
Reconciliation of Approaches
260
References
268
69
282
Index
287
75
296
79
313

Bacterial identification by cards
175
Quality control in microbiology
184
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