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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 1-218), basic and clinical virology (pages 219-394), mycology (fungi) (pages 395-422), parasitology (pages 423-488), immunology (pages 489-598), and ectoparasites (pages 599-606).

    The text also includes 11 chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone & Joint Infections (pages 607-611), Cardiac Infections (pages 612-617), Central Nervous System Infections (pages 618-626), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (pages 627-634), Pelvic Infections (pages 635-642), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 643-648), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 649-654), Infections of the Skin & Skin Structures (pages 655-661), Urinary Tract Infections (pages 662-665), Sepsis & Septic Shock (pages 666-669), and Eye Infections (pages 670-676).

  3. SUMMARIES OF ORGANISMS: A quick review for examinations describing the important characteristics of the organisms (pages 677-716).

  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 727-734).

  6. USMLE-TYPE QUESTIONS: 654 practice questions that can be used to review for the USMLE and class examinations (pages 735-776).

  7. USMLE PRACTICE EXAM: Two 40-question practice examinations in USMLE format (pages 777-786).

  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 717-726).

  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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