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Best books on bacteriology: a personal choice

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6933.927 (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:927
  1. M Farrington

    This is a highly selective list, focusing on books with substantial coverage of the clinical aspects of bacteriology.

    Books for undergraduates

    ** A new Short Textbook on Microbial and Parasitic Infection. B I Duerden, T M S Reid, J M Jewsbury, D C Turk. (pounds sterling 16.95.) Edward Arnold, 1987. ISBN 0 340 40178 8.

    * Medical Bacteriology. 3rd edn. J D Sleigh, M C Timbury. (pounds sterling13.95.) Churchill Livingstone, 1990. ISBN 0 443 04147 4.

    * Medical Microbiology. C A Mims, J H L Playfair, I M Roitt, D Wakelin, R Williams. (pounds sterling 24.95.) Mosby, 1993. ISBN 0 397 44631 4.

    *** Diseases of Infection. 2nd edn. N R Grist, D O Ho-Yen, E Walker, G R Williams. (pounds sterling 22.50.) Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN 0 19 262307 9.

    ** Infection. R G Finch, P Ball. (pounds sterling 55.) Blackwell Scientific, 1991. ISBN 0 632 09144.

    * Microbiology in Clinical Practice. 2nd edn. D S Shanson. (pounds sterling22.50.) Wright, 1989. ISBN 0 7236 1403 2.

    *** Medical Microbiology. 14th edn. D Greenwood, R Slack, J Peutherer. (pounds sterling 26.50.) Churchill Livingstone, 1992. ISBN 0 443 04256 X.

    The New Short Textbook is adequately structured and clinically based. There are only five illustrations in over 400 pages, but the text is surprisingly detailed and readable. This is a good book for exploring the background to a student lecture course, …

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