MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TESTING IN PRIMARY CARE
The books purpose is to help community-based primary care physicians and nurses, and laboratory-based microbiologists, better understand each others requirements in collecting and interpreting specimens, and thus to improve the quality of patient care. The books structure focuses on three basic principles: deciding whether a specimen is clinically necessary; how to collect the specimen effectively, and how to interpret the laboratory report. At the beginning of each chapter a case scenario is used to identify critical steps in processing a particular specimen type, followed by quick action guides to assess current practice and implement necessary changes in procedure. The award winning author of Clinical Bacteriology (BMA student book of the year 2005) has brought together a microbiologist, a primary care physician and a specialist in infectious disease, to produce this concise, highly illustrated guide, of value alike to primary care physicians, nurses, microbiologists and students.