Category Archives: Microbiology

Teach Yourself Infectious Diseases!

“a well-developed knowledge of clinical microbiology is critical for the practicing physician in any medical field. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoans have no respect for the distinction between ophthalmology, pediatrics, trauma surgery, or geriatric medicine. Microbiology is one of the few courses where much of the ‘minutia’ is regularly used by the practicing physician.” Mark Gladwin MD, Clinical Microbiology… Read More »

Book Review: Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (2007)

Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (2007) by Wallace Peters and Geoffrey Pasvol offers a bleak and sometimes depressing window into the state of health, or lack thereof, of underdeveloped countries, particularly those in Africa. The names of the diseases and symptoms are fearsome and sometimes curious: dengue, blackwater fever, rabies, leprosy, bubonic plague and more. The images are striking… Read More »

The 40 Most Burdensome Pathogens in the World

A list of the 40 most burdensome pathogens, in terms of worldwide morbidity and mortality, can be found here. The list includes some of the more obvious pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Plasmodium spp., Human immunodeficiency virus, Influenza virus, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Less obvious entries are Leptospira spp., Wuchereria bancrofti, and Parvovirus. Not included in the list are… Read More »

Book Review: 2011 EMRA Antibiotic Guide by Brian J. Levine MD

I’ve been looking for a book like this for years before I finally stumbled upon this one. 2011 EMRA Antibiotic Guide (2010), by Brian J. Levine MD is a simple, straightforward 128-page guide to antibiotic therapy. For almost any infectious disease, the text advises you about which antibiotic to use, along with the appropriate dose, route, frequency and duration. In… Read More »