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Laboratory Procedures in Clinical Microbiology

  • John A. WashingtonII

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John A. Washington II, Walter R. Wilson
    Pages 1-69
  3. Glenn D. Roberts, Pauline K. W. Yu, John A. Washington II
    Pages 71-93
  4. John A. Washington II
    Pages 95-123
  5. John A. Washington II
    Pages 125-313
  6. Jon E. Rosenblatt
    Pages 315-378
  7. Glenn D. Roberts
    Pages 379-418
  8. Glenn D. Roberts
    Pages 419-500
  9. Thomas F. Smith
    Pages 501-517
  10. Thomas F. Smith
    Pages 519-535
  11. Thomas F. Smith
    Pages 537-624
  12. John H. Thompson Jr.
    Pages 625-687
  13. John P. Anhalt, John A. Washington II
    Pages 689-745
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 747-885

About this book

Introduction

Although there are a number of comprehensive books in clinical micro­ biology, there remains a need for a manual that can be used in the clinical laboratory to guide the daily performance of its work. Most of the existing publications provide detailed and precise information, for example, by which a microorganism can be characterized and identified beyond any doubt; however, the number of tests involved in this process exceeds the capabilities and resources of most clinical laboratories and are irrele­ vant for patient care. It is, therefore, necessary in any clinical laboratory to extract from reference manuals, textbooks, and journals those tests and procedures that are to be used to complete the daily workload as efficiently and accurately as possible. It is also essential in the clinical laboratory to determine, on the basis of the kind of specimen being exam­ ined, which microorganisms are clinically relevant and require isolation and identification and which should either be excluded selectively or simply regarded as indigenous flora and, therefore, not specifically identi­ fied. Cost and time limit a laboratory's resources, and priorities must be established for handling the workload. The procedures described in the second edition of this manual are those selected by our staff for use in the clinical laboratory on the basis of clinic~l relevance, accuracy, reproducibility, and efficiency. Alternative procedures, when considered equivalent on the basis of personal or pub­ lished experience, have been included where appropriate.

Keywords

Laboratoriumsdiagnostik Medizinische Mikrobiologie Microbiology Viruses fungal infections fungi mycobacteria parasites

Editors and affiliations

  • John A. WashingtonII
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Clinical MicrobiologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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