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  1. CHAPTER CONTENTS: The main headings in each chapter are listed so the reader can determine, at a glance, the topics discussed in the chapter.

  2. TEXT: A concise, complete description of medically important information for the professional student. Includes basic and clinical bacteriology (Introduction-Size & Shape of Viruses), basic and clinical virology (Size & Shape of Viruses-Self-Assessment Questions), mycology (fungi) (Structure & Growth-Self-Assessment Questions), parasitology (Introduction-Self-Assessment Questions), immunology (Function of the Immune System-Self-Assessment Questions), and ectoparasites (Introduction-Self-Assessment Questions).

    The text also includes ten chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone and Joint Infections (Introduction-Viral (Immune Complex) Arthritis), Cardiac Infections (Introduction-Treatment), Central Nervous System Infections (Introduction-Encephalopathy), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (Introduction-Pathogens), Pelvic Infections (Introduction-Clinical Manifestations), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (Introduction-Epiglottitis), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (Introduction-Treatment), Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Introduction-Treatment), Urinary Tract Infections (Introduction-Prostatitis), and Sepsis and Septic Shock.

  3. SUMMARIES OF ORGANISMS: A quick review for examinations describing the important characteristics of the organisms (Summaries of Medically Important Bacteria3. Mites).

  4. SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS: USMLE-style questions with answers are included at the end of the chapters.

  5. PEARLS FOR THE USMLE: Eleven tables containing important clinical and epidemiologic information that will be useful for answering questions on the USMLE (IntroductionTable XII-11: Important Skin Lesions Caused by Microorganisms).

  6. USMLE-TYPE QUESTIONS: 654 practice questions that can be used to review for the USMLE and class examinations.

  7. USMLE PRACTICE EXAM: Two 40-question practice examinations in USMLE format.

  8. PEARLS: Summary points at the end of each basic science chapter.

  9. CLINICAL CASES: 50 cases describing important infectious diseases with emphasis on diagnostic information (IntroductionCase 50).

  10. CLINICAL IMAGES: More than 100 images of clinically important lesions illustrate the text. Additional clinical lesions can be seen on the McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center's Web site (

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