Medical Importance of the Normal Microflora

  • Gerald W. Tannock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gerald W. Tannock
    Pages 1-23
  3. William C. Noble
    Pages 24-46
  4. Jean O. Kim, Jeffrey N. Weiser
    Pages 47-73
  5. Howard F. Jenkinson
    Pages 74-100
  6. Jørgen Slots, Casey Chen
    Pages 101-127
  7. Andrew B. Onderdonk
    Pages 164-176
  8. Vinton S. Chadwick, Wangxue Chen
    Pages 177-221
  9. Gregor Reid, Marc Habash
    Pages 423-440
  10. Paul L. Fidel Jr.
    Pages 441-476
  11. Gregor Reid, Christine Heinemann
    Pages 477-486
  12. Gerald W. Tannock
    Pages 487-506
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 507-515

About this book


It has been estimated that there are more microbial cells inhabiting the human body than there are eukaryotic cells of which it is made up. This normal microflora usually co-exists relatively peacefully with the host and does not cause infection. The mechanisms by which this co-existence is achieved are still not properly understood and the interaction between the normal microflora and the host is far from simple. For a variety of reasons, however, this interaction can be disturbed and often results in the microflora becoming pathogens. The study of the diseases then caused is important both in terms of treatment and in terms of contributing to our understanding of the mechanisms by which the normal microflora usually interacts with the host.
This title brings together an international list of contributors, all of whom have active research interests in the normal microflora. Each of the chapters reviews current knowledge about a specific group or organism within the microflora and the diseases they can cause. Microflora of the skin, respiratory tract, oral cavity, gastrointestinal system and genital tract are all discussed and the impact of molecular methods on our understanding of the normal microflora is emphasised throughout the book.
Medical microbiologists, dental specialists, infectious disease specialists, nutritionists and gastroenterologists will all find this book of immense interest and value, as will epidemiologists, dermatologists and general microbiologists.


antibiotics bacteria development infection infections infectious infectious disease

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald W. Tannock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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