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Essentials of Microbiology (CBS Edition) An Integrated Clinical Based Approach Including Parasitology

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ISBN: 9789354663512
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This book has been written and designed in accordance with the latest CBME Guidelines. In a first level medical microbiology programme, a strict clinical system-wise study of the microbes would not only hinder the understanding and concept building of microbiology in the medical students but may imprint erroneous perceptions, as most microbes know no anatomical borders. Competency Based Undergraduate Curriculum for the Indian Medical Graduate advocates a horizontal and vertical integration of microbiology with other subjects on the basis of clinical systems. On this ground, microbiology has been a victim in the new CBME Guidelines.

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    How does one approach this dilemma? The book has introduced more than 100 integrated clinical cases (including 23 on parasitic diseases); referenced clinical system-wise in exclusive infectious diseases section and dealt in the relevant microbiology category. So the book imbibes the spirit and word of the competency-based curriculum and yet retains the traditional approach of microbe learning for greater understanding. It has bidirectional linkages, which permit navigation from clinical cases to core microbiology and otherwise. The book has been designed primarily for induction of the subject to the medical undergraduates and not as a postgraduate entrance book, yet would be helpful in the latter respect.


    1. More than 55 bacterial and fungal, 25 viral and 23 parasitic based integrated clinical-based cases to make a sound foundation of the infectious diseases in the budding doctors. Worked out in a systematic Q and A based format for clear understanding.
    2. More than 33 general microbiology/infection control and pandemic management and 15 immunology-based clinical vignettes/clinical cases worked out in a systematic fashion to make a sound foundation of medical microbiology in the budding doctors.
    3. All chapters in clinical infectious diseases/syndromes of various systems are provided with clinical details including collection, transport and processing techniques. Also provided are exclusive clinical cases including references of clinical cases.
    4. All sections on bacterial diseases have separate section for outline/classification of organisms, metabolic and microscopic features, media requirements and colonial characters (including diagnostic), clinical profile, laboratory diagnosis (of important bacterial diseases) and treatment. This is organized in an integrated tabular format.
    5. Sections dealing with DNA and RNA viral infections have exclusive tabulated and referenced chapters on clinical profile and laboratory diagnosis of such infections.
    6. Protozoology and helminthology sections in parasitic diseases have exclusive chapters on morphological profile, transmission/life cycle and host's profile, clinical profile, laboratory diagnosis profile and treatment profile.
    7. All sections have assessment/examination questions including MCQs (with references/answers).

    The book also includes:

    1. An exclusive section on pandemic management
    2. Two AETCOM scenarios with reference to microbiology
    3. More than 50 quotations to inspire the reader
    4. Content format offers flexibility to sequence of learning and teaching
    5. Complimentary digital resources for young medical instructors
    6. Appendix on internet resources
Additional Information
    Publisher CBS Publishers & Distributors
    Binding Paperback
    Size 8.5X11
    Year 2022
    Edition 1st Edition
    Pages 888
    Author VS Randhawa,
    Subject Medical
    About the Author

    VS Randhawa MD (Microbiology) is currently Director Professor, Department of Microbiology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. He has also taught at Dr RML PGIMS, New Delhi; JN Medical College, Aligarh; SGPGIMS, Lucknow, and MAMC, New Delhi. He has been awarded the best thesis medal (1989), HIV/AIDS control plan (Osaka University) and twice WHO fellowships (2002 and 2011); conferred upon IMSA fellowship in 2009 and awarded 'Rashtriya Gaurav Award' in 2016. He is technical assessor with the NABL, New Delhi, and National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru; approved assessor with NMC and appraiser with NBE; master-trainer of ICTC medical personnel and evaluator for MD, DM and PhD courses; subject expert to various apex national bodies; and principal investigator/co-Pl in many national projects. He is an author of two textbooks and contributed chapters in three books. He is reviewer for many leading national and international journals. He has to his credit numerous high impact papers published in indexed and international journals, besides more than 70 scientific presentations in national and international platforms.

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