Learning Microbiology Through Clinical Consultation

ISBN : 9780198719847

Berenice Langdon; Aodhan Breathnach
320 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2016
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An understanding of microbiology is an essential part of the medicine curriculum and key knowledge for a working doctor. Learning Microbiology through Clinical Consultation presents medical students and newly qualified doctors with a wealth of case scenarios for developing understanding of microbiology in the practice setting. Spanning 14 categories of infection, the cases within the book let the reader listen-in to clinical consultations with patients exhibiting an array of symptoms, and allow them to observe the examination and specimen taking techniques, hear what advice should be given, and how the consultation can be drawn to a close. The swabs taken in the story and the results obtained provide a clear link to the more technical information on microbiology which is then discussed. By this means each topic is embedded in clinical practice, with the relevant microbiological information being brought to the fore. By integrating the underlying science of microbiology, the symptoms presented by the patients, the consultation process, and information about the key microbes commonly associated with each infection, the book is ideal to use on a problem-based, systems-based course, or for a newly qualified doctor practicing independently. Learning Microbiology through Clinical Consultation is a highly accessible text that describes the basic science of microbiology within the practice setting in an insightful and informative way. It is not only an ideal resource for medical students and newly qualified doctors, but one that is relevant to anyone contemplating studying medicine or preparing for medical school interviews.


1.0 Gastrointestinal
1.1 Viral gastroenteritis
1.2 Food borne gastroenteritis
1.3 Traveller's diarrhoea
1.4 Duodenal ulcer
1.5 Diarrhoea in hospital
1.6 Normal bowel flora
1.7 Hepatitis A
1.8 Hepatitis B
1.9 Hepatitis C
1.10 Threadworm infection
2.0 Cardiovascular
2.1 Endocarditis
3.0 Respiratory
3.1 Community acquired pneumonia
3.2 Pneumonia in the immunocompromised
3.3 COPD exacerbation
3.4 Tuberculosis
3.5 Influenza
3.6 Bronchiolitis
3.7 Croup
3.8 Viral pneumonia
4.0 CNS
4.1 Bacterial meningitis
4.2 Viral meningitis
4.3 Neurosyphillis
5.0 Urinary
5.1 Recurrent urinary tract infection
5.2 Pyelonephritis
5.3 Schistosomiasis
6.0 Gential
6.1 Pelvic inflammatory disease
6.2 Urethral discharge
6.3 HIV seroconversion
6.4 Vaginal thrush
6.5 Bacterial vaginosis
6.6 Cervical screening
6.7 Genital herpes
7.0 MSK
7.1 Osteomyelitis
8.0 Eye
8.1 Conjunctivitis
8.2 Keratoconjuctivitis
9.0 ENT
9.1 Cold/Rhinitis
9.2 Tonsillitis
9.3 Otitis externa
9.4 Glandular fever
10.0 Skin
10.1 Abscess
10.2 Impetigo
10.3 Leg ulcer
10.4 Acne
10.5 Shingles
10.6 Cutaneous viral warts
10.7 Molluscum contagiosum
10.8 Orf
10.9 Tinea captitis
10.10 Tinea corporis
10.11 Fungal nails
10.12 Candida intertrigo
10.13 Scabies
10.14 Head lice
11.0 Children
11.1 Whooping cough
11.2 MMR vaccine
11.3 Post-polio-syndrome
11.4 Chickenpox
11.5 Slapped cheek disease
11.6 Roseola infantum
11.7 Hand, foot, and mouth
12.0 Pregnancy, postnatal, and congential
12.1 Infections in pregnancy
12.2 Post-miscarriage infection
13.0 Hospital
13.1 Sepsis (UTI)
13.2 Complex intra-abdominal infection
13.3 Middle-East respiratory syndrome
14.0 International
14.1 Fever: Foreign travel
14.2 Malaria
14.3 Lyme disease
A.1 Medically important bacteria
A.2 Virus classification
A.3 Notification of infectious diseases
A.4 Immunisation table
A.5 Incubation and infectivity of important childhood diseases
A.6 Infections in pregnancy
A.7 Commonly used antibiotics

About the author: 

Berenice Langdon trained in Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and obtained her BSc Genetics at Edinburgh University. Prior to this Dr Langdon worked for 12 months teaching Maths and Science in a secondary school in Zimbabwe. Dr Langdon qualified as a GP at St Georges Hospital and has since worked in SW London with the exception of a year working as a Rural GP in Australia.; Aodhan Breathnach trained in Medicine in Trinity College, Dublin, and then specialized in Medical Microbiology at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London. Dr Breathnach has previously worked for the Public Health Laboratory Service and the Health Protection Agency, and is currently a Consultant Microbiologist at St George's Hospital, London.

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