Alcamo's Fundamentals of Microbiology, Ninth Edition by Jeffrey C. Pommerville

By Jeffrey C. Pommerville

The 9th variation of this vintage textual content offers a company origin in microbiology with an emphasis on human affliction. it truly is written for college students in nursing and allied wellbeing and fitness courses and is suitable for non-majors microbiology classes. With all the pedagogical parts and student-friendly ancillaries that Dr. Pommerville is understood for, this most recent variation presents various new updates and additions, together with the most recent illness information and facts, additional fabric on rising affliction outbreaks, and extended use of thought maps and masses extra.

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Often we accept and integrate into our understanding new information because it appears consistent with what we believe is true. But, are we confident our beliefs are always in line with what is actually true? To test or challenge current beliefs, scientists must present logical arguments supported by well-designed and carefully executed experiments. The Components of Scientific Inquiry There are many ways of finding out the answer to a problem. In science, scientific inquiry—or what has been called the “scientific method”—is the way problems are investigated.

2 Evaluate the role of experimentation as an important skill to the eventual rejection of spontaneous generation. Microorganisms and Disease Transmission In the 13th century, people knew diseases could be contagious, so quarantines were used to combat disease spread. In 1546, the Italian poet and naturalist Girolamo Fracostoro suggested that transmission could occur by direct human contact, from lifeless objects like clothing and eating utensils, or through the air. By the mid-1700s, the prevalent belief among naturalists and common people was that disease resulted from an altered chemical quality of the atmosphere or from tiny poisonous particles of decomposed matter in the air, an entity called miasma (the word malaria comes from mala aria, meaning “bad air”).

When most of us hear the word “bacterium” or “virus” though, we think infection or disease. Although such pathogens (disease-causing agents) are rare, they periodically have carved out great swatches of humanity as epidemics passed over the land. Some diseases—such as plague, cholera, and smallpox—have become known histori- (B) Microbes Are Key to Health and Illness. (A) Large numbers of bacteria are found on and in parts of the human body. On the tongue, most are harmless or even beneficial, while a few in our mouth can cause throat infections or lead to tooth decay.

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