Completely current and in full color, this third edition covers all the essentials of diagnostic microbiology. Information is presented in a memorable, easy-to-read, easy-to-use format. Progressing frombasic principles and concepts to the systematic identification of etiologic agents of infectious diseases, this text will enhance your understanding and help you develop problem-solving skills. Part I if the texte explain basic principles and concepts, setting up a firm foundation in microbiology. Building on these basics, Part II highligghts methods for the identification of significant isolates. Part III uses an organ system approach to discuss the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases - with a focus on the most medically significant and commonly encountered diseases.