Providing a solid introduction to the essentials of diagnostic microbiology, this accessible, full-color text helps you develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the clinical setting. A reader-friendly, "building block" approach to microbiology moves progressively from basic concepts to advanced understanding, guiding you through the systematic identification of etiologic agents of infectious diseases. * Building block approach encourages recall of previously learned information, enhancing your critical and problem solving skills. * Case in Point feature introduces case studies at the beginning of each chapter. * Issues to Consider encourages you to analyze and comprehend the case in point. * Key Terms provide a list of the most important and relevant terms in each chapter. * Objectives give a measurable outcome to achieve by completing the material. * Points to Remember summarize and help clearly identify key concepts covered in each chapter. * Learning assessment questions evaluate how well you have mastered the material. * New content addresses bone and joint infections, genital tract infections, and nosocomial infections. * Significantly updated chapter includes current information on molecular biology and highlights content on multidrug resistant bacteria. * Reorganized chapters accent the most relevant information about viruses and parasites that are also transmissible to humans. * Case studies on the Evolve site let you apply the information that you learn to realistic scenarios encountered in the laboratory.