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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 Diseases), basic and clinical virology (Size & Shape of Viruses), mycology (fungi) (Structure & Growth), parasitology (Introduction), immunology (Function of the Immune System), and ectoparasites (Introduction).

    The text also includes 11 chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone & Joint Infections (Introduction), Cardiac Infections (Introduction), Central Nervous System Infections (Introduction), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (Introduction), Pelvic Infections (Introduction), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (Introduction), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (Introduction), Infections of the Skin & Skin Structures (Introduction), Urinary Tract Infections (Introduction), Sepsis & Septic Shock (Introduction), and Eye Infections (Introduction).

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

  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 (Introduction).

  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 (Introduction).

  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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