Medical Microbiology (2nd edition)

Michael J. Ford
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science
  • Written from the point of view of a laboratory biomedical scientist, making it the ideal text for biomedical science students studying microbiology.
  • Self-test and discussion questions, with answers provided at the back of the book, encourage students to analyse the text and develop their problem solving skills.
  • Frequent examples and case studies emphasise clinical relevance throughout the text.
  • The book is augmented by an Online Resource Centre, which includes an interactive digital microscope and video interviews with practicing biomedical scientists.

New to this Edition:

  • New introductory chapter covers the basic principles and features of microorganisms, which underpin the rest of the book.
  • New chapters on parasitology and pathogenesis make the text an even more comprehensive resource for students.
  • New chapter on molecular diagnostics and investigation reflects the increasing use of molecular technologies to detect pathogens in clinical microbiology.

Biomedical scientists are the foundation of modern healthcare, from cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control. Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible.

The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series has been written to reflect the challenges of practicing biomedical science today. It draws together essential basic science with insights into laboratory practice to show how an understanding of the biology of disease is coupled to the analytical approaches that lead to diagnosis. Assuming only a minimum of prior knowledge, the series reviews the full range of disciplines to which a Biomedical Scientist may be exposed - from microbiology to cytopathology to transfusion science. 

The series: 
· Understands the complex roles of Biomedical Scientists in the modern practice of medicine.
· Understands the development needs of employers and the Profession.
· Addresses the need for understanding of a range of fundamental sciences in the context of Biomedicine.
· Places the theoretical aspects of Biomedical Science in their practical context via clinical case studies. 

The series is developed in partnership with and endorsed by the Institute of Biomedical Science. See ibms.org for more information. 

Medical Microbiology covers a range of key laboratory techniques used in the diagnosis of important human diseases caused by microorganisms. From sample collection, through to analysis and laboratory investigation, the text covers a wide range of procedures and highlights how and why results are generated. The second edition has been expanded to cover a wider range of topics, and includes new chapters on parasitology, pathogenesis, and molecular diagnostics and investigation.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Medical Microbiology features: 

For students:
· An interactive Digital Microscope, encouraging the exploration of tissue samples
· Video podcasts including interviews with practicing biomedical scientists, and 'in the lab' footage showing biomedical science in practice


1: Introduction to Microbiology, Michael Ford
2: Identification tests, John Perry
3: Culture media, John Perry
4: Susceptibility testing and antibiotic assay, Jenny Andrews
5: Blood cultures, Derek Law
6: Investigation of urine samples, Clive Graham
7: Investigation of wound, tissue, and genital samples, Steve Davies and Mark Tovey
8: Examination of cerebrospinal fluid and fluids from sterile sites, Derek Law
9: Investigation of respiratory samples, Louise Hill-King
10: Investigation of gastrointestinal specimens, Michael Ford and Kathy Nye
11: Clinical parasitology, Tony Worthington
12: Infection prevention and control, Sheila Morgan and Michael Ford
13: Laboratory investigations of viral infections, Jayne Harwood
14: Clinical mycology, Derek Law
15: Pathogenesis, Lynn G. Dover
16: Molecular diagnostics and investigation, Jane Harwood
17: Procedures for sample collection, transport and processing, Malcolm Holliday


Michael Ford, Microbiology Department, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Dr Michael Ford has worked in Microbiology for over 20 years and has a wide experience in all areas of a diagnostic service. Michael was appointed Operational Services Manager for The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2003. His main research area is in bacterial identification, which has resulted in a number of publications, and two successful patents for the development of novel selective media. He has been a lecturer at Northumbria University for the past 12 years, and a member of the IBMS Scientific Advisory Panel for Microbiology since 2005. In 2007 Michael was appointed IBMS Deputy Chief Examiner.

Dr Malcolm Holliday
Laboratory Manager, 
Microbiology Department, Freeman Hospital, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr John Perry
Clinical Scientist, 
Microbiology Department, Freeman Hospital, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Jenny Andrews
Clinical Scientist (retired),
Formerly worked for City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham 

Dr Derek Law
Head of Microbiology, 
Microbiology Department, F2G Ltd, Eccles, Manchester 

Dr Clive Graham
Consultant Microbiologist, 
Microbiology Department, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Whitehaven, Cumbria 

Mr Steve Davies
Microbiology Department, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Mark Tovey
Microbiology Department, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Mrs Sheila Morgan
Infection Prevention and Control,
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Mrs Louise Hill-King
Senior Biomedical Scientist, 
Surrey Pathology Services, Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley

Jayne Harwood
Healthcare Scientist,
Serology Department, Freeman Hospital, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust 

Dr Lynn Dover
Head of Biomedical Sciences,
School of Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Dr Tony Worthington
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology,
School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham

As a laboratory professional I would choose to recommend this text over others for those students wanting a career in laboratory medicine. - Dr Danilla Grando, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Covers everything you need to know as a biomedical scientist right from the basic science of the types of microbes you may encounter to practical, safety and troubleshooting advice... The online interactive digital microscope is fantastic and I haven't seen anything like it before. I think it's a great way to get students excited about the subject and to be able to play with it in their own time to learn. - Reetika Suri, PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London