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Krasner's Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective + Navigate 2 Companion Website Access, 4th Edition

  • Teri Shors
  • ISBN-10: 1284139182
  • ISBN-13: 9781284139181
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Microbes play a highly significant role in our daily lives as agents of infectious disease and are a major public health concern. The fourth edition of Krasner's Microbial Challenge addresses this topic and has been extensively revised and updated with the latest data in a fast-paced field. It focuses on human-microbe interactions and considers bacterial, viral, prion, protozoan, fungal and helminthic (worm) diseases. A chapter on beneficial aspects of microbes makes it clear that not all microbes are disease producers and that microbes are necessary for the sustenance of life on Earth. The response of the immune system, concepts of epidemiology, and measures of control from the individual to the international level to thwart potentially life-threatening epidemics are described.


  • Every chapter opens with an engaging case study on a contemporary topic to encourage students to think critically and apply concepts as they progress through the chapter. Examples include, Wounded Civil War Soldiers that Glowed in the Dark, Take Two Fecal Pills and Call Me in the Morning, and Microbes in the New York City Subway System.

  • New part on Discovery of Microbes and the History of Public Health, including chapters on pre-germ and post-germ theory relating to medicine and Sanitation, Clean Water, and Food Safety.

  • The popular Author's Notes features that speak directly to the student and are found in the margins have been retained and updated

  • Every new printed copy is packaged with full student access to the Navigate Companion Website, which features a variety of interactive and engaging study tools and assessments

  • A full package of ancillary materials for instructors, including a PowerPoint Image Bank, Lecture Slides in PowerPoint format, a comprehensive Instructor’s Manual, and a complete Test Bank

Table of Contents

Part 1: Discovery of Microbes and the History of Public Health
Chapter 1: Pre-Germ Theory, Microbiology, and Medicine
Chapter 2: Post-Germ Theory, Microbiology, and Medicine
Chapter 3: Sanitation, Clean Water, and Food Safety

Part 2: The Microbial Challenge
Chapter 4: Identifying the Challenge
Chapter 5: The Microbial World
Chapter 6: Beneficial Aspects of Microbes: The Other Side of the Coin
Chapter 7: Bacteria
Chapter 8: Viruses and Prions
Chapter 9: Bacterial Genetics

Part 3: Microbial Disease
Chapter 10: Concepts of Microbial Disease
Chapter 11: Epidemiology and Cycle of Microbial Disease
Chapter 12: Bacterial Diseases
Chapter 13: Viral and Prion Diseases
Chapter 14: Protozoan, Helminthic, and Fungal Diseases

Part 4: Meeting the Microbial Challenge
Chapter 15: The Immune Response
Chapter 16: Control of Microbial Diseases

Part 5: Current Microbial Challenges
Chapter 17: Harnessing the Power of Microbes: Peril and Promise
Chapter 18: Partnerships in the Control of Infectious Diseases and Unfinished Agenda