Synopses & Reviews
Organized in an A-to-Z format, this reference guide is designed to help users find their way in the vast--and sometimes bewildering--world of living things too small to be discerned with the naked eye. Entries cover environmental, industrial, and food microbiology, in addition to the microbiology of health and disease. Scientific techniques used for studying microorganisms are discussed, and biographies of key individuals are provided. A chronology of infections and disease epidemics from 430 BC to the present is included as an appendix.
The topics are clearly explained in language that most casual readers should be able to understand....The book might be useful in high school science classes or college freshman biology classes as a tool to stimulate interest in microorganisms, their uses, and their pathogenic roles, and to provide topics for discussion or further investigation. It might also be informative to the casual reader with a basic exposure to science.Choice
...a good first-stop source for students.Lawrence Looks at Books
This volume is a ready reference for interpreting scientific language related to understanding news and other literature about microorganisms. It is also a good place for students and others to acquire basic background information on many public health topics....this dictionary will be much used in high school, undergraduate, and public libraries.Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
...should find a home in the reference section of every general, high school, and college library....would make a wonderful gift for an undergraduate microbiology major or a beginning graduate student.SB&F
Helps users to find their way in the vast world of living things too small to be discerned with the naked eye.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-280) and index.
About the Author
NEERAJA SANKARAN is a science writer and a Ph.D. student in the history of medicine and science at Yale University.
Table of Contents
An A-Z of Microoganisims in Our Lives
Appendix 1: A Chronology of Epidemics in History
Appendix 2: Large Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Appendix 3: Leading Causes of Death in the World
Appendix 4: Leading Infectious Disease Killers
Death Rates from Leading Causes of Death in the United States