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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 1–216), basic and clinical virology (pages 217–398), mycology (fungi) (pages 399–426), parasitology (pages 427–492), immunology (pages 493-594), and ectoparasites (pages 595–602).

    The text also includes 11 chapters on infectious diseases. These chapters include Bone & Joint Infections (pages 603–607), Cardiac Infections (pages 608–613), Central Nervous System Infections (pages 614–622), Gastrointestinal Tract Infections (pages 623–630), Pelvic Infections (pages 631–638), Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 639–644), Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (pages 645–650), Infections of the Skin & Skin Structures (pages 651–658), Urinary Tract Infections (pages 659–662), Sepsis & Septic Shock (pages 663–666), and Eye Infections (pages 667–674).

  3. SUMMARIES OF ORGANISMS: A quick review for examinations describing the important characteristics of the organisms (pages 675–714).

  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 725–732).

  6. USMLE-TYPE QUESTIONS: 654 practice questions that can be used to review for the USMLE and class examinations (pages 733–774). Of the 654 questions, 60 questions are presented in a clinical-case format starting on page 767.

  7. USMLE PRACTICE EXAM: Two 40-question practice examinations in USMLE format (pages 775–784).

  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 715–724).

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