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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 (Microbes that Cause Infectious DiseasesSelf-Assessment Questions), basic and clinical virology (Table III–1: Comparison of Viruses and CellsSapporo Virus), mycology (fungi) (Structure & GrowthAnswers), parasitology (IntroductionAnswers), immunology (Function of the Immune SystemAnswers), and ectoparasites (IntroductionAnswers).

    The text also includes 10 chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone and Joint Infections (IntroductionReactive Arthritis), Cardiac Infections (IntroductionTreatment), Central Nervous System Infections (IntroductionEncephalopathy), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (IntroductionPathophysiology), Pelvic Infections (IntroductionPathogens), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (IntroductionPathogens), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (IntroductionLung Empyema), Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (IntroductionTreatment), Urinary Tract Infections (IntroductionPrevention), and Sepsis and Septic Shock (IntroductionTreatment).

  3. SUMMARIES OF ORGANISMS: A quick review for examinations describing the important characteristics of the organisms (Summaries of Medically Important Bacteria4. Ticks).

  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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