Alcamo's Fundamentals of Microbiology, Eighth Edition provides a firm foundation in microbiology with an emphasis on human disease. It is written for students in nursing and allied health programs and is appropriate for non-majors microbiology courses. The Eighth Edition of this classic text, revised by award winning educator Jeffrey Pommerville, retains the late Ed Alcamo s student friendly style. Microbiology is a rapidly advancing and dynamic discipline. Dr. Pommerville presents new content on recent discoveries, such as information on the avian flu and the 2006 Midwest mumps outbreak, in a manner that is directly applicable to students. Dr. Pommerville also integrates new teaching pedagogies, based on his years of teaching experience, to promote problem-based learning andfacilitate mastery of concepts. FEATURES: * New "Concept and Reasoning Checks" measure students comprehension and retention of new section material through a series of questions. * Newly redesigned end-of-chapter material includes: a Summary of Key Concepts, Learning Objectives, multiple choice Self-Tests, Questions for Thought and Discussion, unconventional Review Questions, and new Applications. * Many new and updated MicroFocus boxes explore interesting topics concerning microbiology or microorganisms! Redesigned Textbook Case boxes present contemporary disease outbreaks. * Added emphasis on infection and disease from a global perspective.