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Sherris Medical Microbiology, Fifth Edition
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No other text clarifies the link between microbiology and human disease states like Sherris Medical Microbiology

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"This will continue to be a popular textbook, primarily due to the well-designed figures and pictures in all chapters. It is one of the better textbooks I have seen for teaching the basics of medical microbiology."--Doody's Review Service

For more than a quarter-of-a-century Sherris has been unmatched in its ability to help you understand the nature of microorganisms and their role in the maintenance of health or causation of disease. Through a dynamic, engaging approach, this classic text gives you a solid grasp of the significance of etiologic agents, the pathogenic processes, epidemiology, and the basis of therapy for infectious diseases.

The fifth edition has been completely revised to reflect this rapidly-moving field’s latest developments and includes a host of learning aids including clinical cases, USMLE-type questions, marginal notes, and extensive new full-color art.


  • 66 chapters that simply and clearly describe the strains of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can bring about infectious diseases
  • Core sections on viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases open with new chapters detailing basic biology, pathogenesis, and antimicrobial agents and feature a consistent presentation covering Organism (structure, replication, genetics, etc.), Disease (epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunity), and Clinical Aspects (manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention)
  • Explanations of host-parasite relationship, dynamics of infection, and host response
  • USMLE-style questions and a clinical case conclude each chapter on the major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases
  • All tables, photographs, and illustrations are now in full color
  • Clinical Capsules cover the essence of the disease(s) caused by major pathogens
  • Marginal Notes highlight key points within a paragraph to facilitate review


Part I: The Nature of Infection
Section 1. Key Issues in Hospital Medicine
Section 2. Patient Safety
Section 3. Quality Improvement
Section 4. Leadership and Practice Management Skills
Section 5. Professionalism and Medical Ethics
Section 6. Medical Legal Issues and Risk Management
Section 7. Teaching and Development
Part II: Medical Consultation and Co-Management
Section 1. Core Tenets of Medical Consultation
Section 2. Key Issues Relating to Surgery
Section 3. Anesthesia
Section 4. Perioperative Assessment and Management
Section 5. Perioperative Antithrombotic Management and Prevention
Section 6. Medical Management of Neurosurgical Patients
Section 7. Medical Management of Orthopedic Surgery Patients
Section 8. Bariatric Surgery
Part III: Clinical Problem-Solving in Hospital Medicine
Part IV: Approach to the Patient at the Bedside
Part V: Hospitalist Skills
Section 1. Interpretation of Common Tests
Section 2. Optimizing Utilization of Radiology Services
Section 3. Procedures
Part VI: Clinical Conditions
Section 1. Emergency Medicine
Section 2. Cardiovascular Medicine
Section 3. Critical Care
Section 4. Dermatology
Section 5. Endocrinology
Section 6. Gastroenterology
Section 7. Geriatrics
Section 8. Hematology
Section 9. Oncology
Section 10. Infectious Diseases
Section 11. Neurology
Section 12. Palliative Care
Section 13. Pregnancy
Section 14. Psychiatry
Section 15. Addiction
Section 16. Pulmonary and Allergy Immonology
Section 17. Renal
Section 18. Rheumatology
Section 19. Vascular Medicine
Section 20. Wartime Medicine


ISBN-13: 9780071604031
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (McGraw-Hill Medical)
Publication date: January, 2010
Pages: 1040



Kenneth J. Ryan, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Microbiology
College of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
C. George Ray, MD
Clinical Professor of Pathology and Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
John C. Sherris, MD, FRCPATH
Professor Emeritus
Department of Microbiology
School of Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Nafees Ahmad, PhD
Professor of Immunobiology
Department of Immunobiology
College of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W. Lawrence Drew, MD, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Mount Zion Medical Center
San Francisco, CA
James J. Plorde, MD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Medicine and Department
of Laboratory Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA