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The twenty-seventh edition of Jawetz, Melnick, & Adelberg's Medical Microbiology remains true to the goals of the first edition published in 1954 "to provide a brief, accurate and up-to-date presentation of those aspects of medical microbiology that are of particular significance to the fields of clinical infections and chemotherapy."

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All chapters have been revised extensively, consistent with the tremendous expansion of medical knowledge afforded by molecular mechanisms, advances in our understanding of microbial pathogenesis, and the discovery of novel pathogens. Chapter 47, "Principles of Diagnostic Medical Microbiology," and Chapter 48, "Cases and Clinical Correlations," have been updated to reflect the current explosion in novel diagnostics over the last several years as well as new therapies in the treatment of infectious diseases.

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New to this edition are Steve Miller, MD, PhD, and Jeffery Hobden, PhD. Dr. Miller is the Medical Director of the University of California, San Francisco Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and Health Science Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, UCSF, and he brings extensive expertise in virology. Dr. Hobden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, and his interest is in bacterial pathogens, especially Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We welcome their participation.

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The authors hope that the changes to this edition will be helpful to the student of microbiology.

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