Medical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology


Section 1 The adversaries – microbes

1 Microbes as parasites

2 The bacteria

3 The viruses

4 The fungi

5 The protozoa

6 The helminths and arthropods

7 Prions

8 The host–parasite relationship

Section 2 The adversaries–host defences

9 The innate defences of the body

10 Adaptive responses provide a ‘quantum leap’ in effective defence

11 The cellular basis of adaptive immune responses

Section 3 The conflicts

12 Background to the infectious diseases

13 Entry, exit and transmission

14 Immune defences in action

15 Spread and replication

16 Parasite survival strategies and persistent infections

17 Pathologic consequences of infection

Section 4 Clinical manifestation and diagnosis of infections by body system

18 Upper respiratory tract infections

19 Lower respiratory tract infections

20 Urinary tract infections

22 Gastrointestinal tract infections

23 Obstetric and perinatal infections

24 Central nervous system infections

25 Infections of the eye

26 Infections of the skin, soft tissue, muscle and associated systems

27 Vector-borne infections

28 Multisystem zoonoses

29 Fever of unknown origin

30 Infections in the compromised host

Section 5 Diagnosis and control

31 Diagnosis of infection and assessment of host defence mechanisms

32 Epidemiology and control of infectious diseases

33 Attacking the enemy: antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy

34 Protecting the host

35 Passive and non-specific immunotherapy

36 Hospital infection, sterilization and disinfection


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