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Cowan and Steel's Manual has for many years had an essential role in every laboratory of microbiology and bacteriology. This substantially revised new edition, which is modelled on the successful pattern established in the previous two editions, has been fully updated and is suitable for all bacteriological laboratories using traditional diagnostic methods. It is essentially a practical manual with up-to-date contributions and key references by experts to the diagnostic characteristics of the bacteria likely to be encountered in public health and hospital microbiology laboratories, as well as in medical and veterinary practice. This edition contains new sections on rapid and mechanised test methods, and on the laboratory applications of computer theory and practice to the identification of bacteria. As in previous editions, the importance of laboratory quality control and proficiency procedures are emphasised. The Appendices give details of the laboratory methods and media for all the recommended diagnostic tests and, in addition, provide abstracts of the official guidelines for bacterial nomenclature. Features • The standard and internationally-known reference manual for the identification of medically important bacteria • New sections on rapid and mechanised test methods, and laboratory applications of computer identification of bacteria Table of Contents Foreword Introduction 1. Classification and nomenclature 2. Culture media: constituents and sterilization 3. Principles of isolation 4. Bacterial characters and characterization 5. Theory and practice of bacterial identification 6. Characters of Gram-positive bacteria 7. Characters of Gram-negative bacteria 8. Taxonomy in theory and practice 9. Bacterial identification by cards 10. Bacterial identification by computer 11. Quality control in microbiology 12. Reconciliation of approaches to bacterial systematics Glossary References Index.
Cambridge University Press
1 april 2004
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