CRC - Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology
|Publication Date:||17 May 2006|
Almost 1,650 media are described in the second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology, including newly described media for the cultivation of emerging pathogens. Diseases caused by emerging pathogens that are responsible for increased rates of morbidity and mortality rates, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and vancomycin resistant enterococci, have raised special concerns and various media included in the Handbook have been designed for the specific cultivation and identification of these pathogens.
Many of the new media included in the second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology permit the cultivation of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that are currently causing major medical problems around the world. These media are very important for the rapid detection of pathogenic microorganisms and the diagnosis of individuals with specific infectious diseases. Several of the new media described in the second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology include chromogenic or fluorogenic substrates that permit the rapid detection of specific pathogens.
An important function of the second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology is to provide descriptions of the media that are used to cultivate and identify microorganisms from clinical specimens and to maintain reference cultures of human pathogens in various clinical settings. The Handbook provides a compilation of the formulations, methods of preparation, and applications for media used in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Each listing is alphabetical and includes medium composition, instruction for preparation, commercial sources, and intended uses.
The format of the Handbook allows easy reference to information needed to prepare media for the cultivation of microorganisms relevant to clinical diagnostics. The second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology includes descriptions of expected results as they apply to microorganisms of importance for the examination of clinical specimens.
Importantly, the second edition of the Handbook of Media for Clinical Microbiology is user friendly and should save time and effort for anyone cultivating pathogenic microorganisms. It should be a valuable resource for anyone working in the area of clinical microbiology.