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Case Studies in Microbiology: A Personal Approach

Case Studies in Microbiology: A Personal Approach

Rodney P. Anderson, Linda Young

ISBN: 978-1-118-27974-8

Jan 2012

160 pages



This first edition text developed and evolved to meet three pedagogical goals we deemed essential for those studying allied health and are pre-professional. The use of microbiology case studies were modified to maintain their value as tools that result in critical thinking and knowledge retention while providing a more realistic context for preparing future health care professionals. Consequently, the text has real life, personally-oriented microbiology cases appropriate for those in nursing, pharmacy, and other allied health disciplines (pre-med, pre-PA, CLS, etc.). This format presents material as a story about the patient as well as information regarding their family circumstances, personal characteristics, and individual motivations.

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Preface ix

I. Community-Acquired Infections 1

A. Infections of the Skin, Eyes, and Underlying Tissues 2

1. A Homeless Hazard 3

2. "The Funk" 6

3. Hats Off to MRSA 8

4. Trouble Is Afoot 12

5. Down on the Farm 14

6. My, What Pretty Eyes You Have! 20

7. He Did It His Way 22

8. The "Tat" Is Where It’s At! 24

9. A Persistent Pimple 26

B. Nervous System Infections 29

1. Life in the Meningitis Belt 30

2. The Flying Mouse 31

3. Vacation Headaches 34

C. Infections of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems 36

1. A Common Opportunistic Pathogen 37

2. Unhappy Returns 39

3. Bunny Bits! 40

4. The Black Measles 44

5. Pucker Up! 47

6. Toxoplasmosis …Don’t Blame Fluffy! 50

D. Infections of the Respiratory System 53

1. Strawberry Red 54

2. An Evolving Situation 56

3. Q Fever …An Occupational Hazard 58

4. Swimming Pool Blues 61

E. Digestive System Infections 62

1. Hand Washing ABCs 63

2. A Distressing Side Effect 65

3. Hold the Onions 67

4. Diarrhea 101 69

5. An Uninvited Party Guest 70

F. Infections of the Urogenital Tract 72

1. The Honeymoon Is Over 73

2. Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll 77

3. A Bad First Impression 78

4. The Domino Effect 80

5. An Ongoing Problem 83

6. An Infectious New Lifestyle 87

II. Nosocomial Infections 89

1. A Nose for Trouble 91

2. A "Hep C" History Lesson 93

3. The "Superbug" 99

III. Family Health Care 103

A. Pediatric Infections 104

1. A New Twist on a Childhood Disease 105

2. Why Did the Chicken Pox Cross the Road? 106

3. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease 108

4. Seeing Red! 110

5. ‘Tis the Season 115

6. Splash! 117

B. Childbearing-Related Infections 119

1. Special Delivery 120

2. Cookout Concerns 122

C. Geriatric Infections 126

1. The Second Time Around 127

2. An Unexpected Outbreak 129

IV. Food Safety 131

1. No, Thanks, I Think I’ll Have the Turkey 132

2. Danger in the NICU 134

V. Regionally Acquired Infections 137

1. An Infectious Vacation 138

2. Rain, Rain, Go Away 141 ??

• Contains a variety of cases that are reflective of genuine clinical examples.  The cases are written with a personal prospective rather than the clinical format typical of most cases available for students and faculty as this is how health care professionals actually encounter microbiology-related health care issues.  This makes the material an outstanding simulation of real world problems students will face. 
• Organized by patient categories rather than by body systems or microbial taxonomy.  This provides a more realistic presentation as it closely mimic’s clinical studies. Also reinforces laboratory-related information.  Whenever possible, laboratory results/data/techniques are included to help students solve the case as well as review this factual information.
• The vocabulary that is so important in microbiology is presented in bold text with definitions provided in the left margin of the text
• .Questions are color coded by topic.  This makes the cases more versatile for use by an instructor.  Color coding places questions in areas of laboratory analysis, pathogen identification, disease treatment or disease prevention
• A new one-column design better showcases important pieces of art and avoids the “overwhelmed” reaction readers have to the crowded layouts found in many other texts. Boxed sections will be reduced in size to help maintain the flow of the text.
• The Focus On boxes (one per chapter) have been revised to include the most current developments in genetics as well as the most relevant topics to students.
• A streamlined topical coverage, vetted by a panel of Genetics instructors, makes for a text that is manageable in size. Snustad 6e will provide instructors and students with in-depth explanations of only those topics frequently covered in a one-semester course.
• Animated solutions to the solve it problems in the text, utilize Camtasia software. These tutorials provide step-by-step solutions that appear as if they are written-out by hand as an instructor voice-over explains each step.
• Supported by the Wiley Resource kit.  The Wiley Resource Kit provides an easy way to provide you with media & assessment. The Resource Kit can be delivered through any Learning Management System (LMS). The offer is free to students, requires no cartridge or CTB license fees from Wiley.