Microbiology and Molecular Diagnosis in Pathology

Microbiology and Molecular Diagnosis in Pathology

A Comprehensive Review for Board Preparation, Certification and Clinical Practice

1st Edition - June 13, 2017

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  • Authors: Audrey Wanger, Violeta Chavez, Richard Huang, Amer Wahed, Amitava Dasgupta, Jeffrey Actor
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053515
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092385

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Microbiology and Molecular Diagnosis in Pathology: A Comprehensive Review for Board Preparation, Certification and Clinical Practice reviews all aspects of microbiology and molecular diagnostics essential to successfully passing the American Board of Pathology exam. This review book will also serve as a first resource for residents who want to become familiar with the diagnostic aspects of microbiology and molecular methods, as well as a refresher course for practicing pathologists. Opening chapters discuss issues of laboratory management, including quality control, biosafety, regulations, and proper handling and reporting of laboratory specimens. Review chapters give a quick overview of specific clinical infections as well as different types of bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, and infections caused by parasites. Following these, coverage focuses on diagnostic tools and specific tests: media for clinical microbiology, specific stains and tests for microbial identifications, susceptibility testing and use of antimicrobial agents, tests for detecting antibodies, antigens, and microbial infections. Two final chapters offer overviews on molecular diagnostics principles and methods as well as the application of molecular diagnostics in clinical practice.

Key Features

  • Takes a practical and easy-to-read approach to understanding microbiology at an appropriate level for both board preparation as well as a professional refresher course
  • Covers all important clinical information found in larger textbooks in a more succinct and easy-to-understand manner
  • Covers essential concepts in microbiology in such a way that residents, fellows, and clinicians understand the methods and tests without having to become specialists in the field
  • Offers a quick overview of specific clinical infections as well as different types of bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, and infections caused by parasites

Readership

Residents and fellows in pathology and clinical chemistry; practicing pathologists and physicians in family and internal medicine

Table of Contents

  • 1. Laboratory management and administration
    2. Specimen Collection and Handling in Microbiology Laboratory
    3. Specific clinical infections 
    4. Media for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
    5. Biochemical Tests and Staining Techniques for Microbial Identification
    6. Overview of Bacteria
    7. Antibiotics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for Selected Drugs
    8. Viruses including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    9. Overview of Fungal Infections
    10. Infections caused by Parasites
    11. Antigen and Antibody Testing
    12. Overview of Molecular Diagnostics Principles
    13. Application of Molecular Diagnostics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: June 13, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053515
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092385

About the Authors

Audrey Wanger

Audrey Wanger is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She is the Director of Microbiology at Memorial Hermann Laboratory Services and the Director of Microbiology at LBJ Hospital, Houston, TX, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas, McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Violeta Chavez

Violeta Chavez is a Assistant Profesor in Microbiology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine at Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Richard Huang

Richard Huang is a Staff Pathologist at Roche Diagnostics, Tucson, Arizona

Affiliations and Expertise

Staff Pathologist at Roche Diagnostics, Tucson, Arizona

Amer Wahed

Amer Wahed is a graduate of Medicine, training initially in Internal Medicine at Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, England. He subsequently trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. After working for several years in a private setting, he joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry and Immunology at Memorial-Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center. He is also the Associate Director of the Pathology Residency Program at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Dr. Wahed has a strong interest in teaching and is actively involved in the education of medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows. He has been recognized for his teaching contributions through awards from his department, as well as the Office of the Dean. He is also active in mentoring pathology residents in research and has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas, McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Amitava Dasgupta

Amitava Dasgupta
Dr. Amitava Dasgupta received his Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Stanford University and received his medical training in Toxicology and Clinical Chemistry from the Laboratory Medicine Department of the University of Washington School Of Medicine at Seattle. He is board certified in both Toxicology and Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. He is a tenured Full Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center located at the Texas Medical Center at Houston. He is also the Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory of Memorial-Hermann Laboratory Services, the major clinical teaching hospital of the University of Texas. In addition, he is also the Medical Director of Memorial-TIRR Hospital laboratory services. Dr. Dasgupta has published over 235 scientific papers and edited, co-edited, authored or co-authored 20 books including books published by Elsevier. He is on the Editorial Board of five major medical journals including American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clinica Chimica Acta and Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis. He lectures both nationally and internationally on drug and alcohol testing and acts as an expert witness for the State of Texas for alcohol and drug related criminal prosecutions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA

Jeffrey Actor

Jeffrey K. Actor, PhD is a professor and Medical Immunology Course Director in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Center at Houston. Dr. Actor received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. His research interests include examination of host immune responses during pathogenic disease, understanding proinflammatory and regulatory cytokines during mycobacterial infections, vaccine development, and molecular mechanisms of adjuvant induced immunomodulation. Professor Actor has established himself as a productive educator-scientist with a strong background in immunology and molecular biology with a broad range of expertise in pathobiology. He has shown a commitment to education and excellence, at both the Medical School and Graduate School levels.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX USA

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