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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 (pages 1-214), basic and clinical virology (pages 215-382), mycology (fungi) (pages 383-408), parasitology (pages 409-474), immunology (pages 475-580), and ectoparasites (pages 581-588).

    The text also includes 10 chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone and Joint Infections (pages 589-593), Cardiac Infections (pages 594-600), Central Nervous System Infections (pages 601-608), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (pages 609-615), Pelvic Infections (pages 616-623), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 624-629), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 630-635), Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (pages 636-643), Urinary Tract Infections (pages 644-647), and Sepsis and Septic Shock (pages 648-652)

  3. SUMMARIES OF ORGANISMS: A quick review for examinations describing the important characteristics of the organisms (pages 653-692).

  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 (pages 703-710).

  6. USMLE-TYPE QUESTIONS: 654 practice questions that can be used to review for the USMLE and class examinations (pages 711-752).

  7. USMLE PRACTICE EXAM: Two 40-question practice examinations in USMLE format (pages 753-762).

  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 (pages 693-702).

  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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