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Encounters in Microbiology, Volume 2

Author(s): Jeffrey C. Pommerville, PhD, Glendale Community College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763757991
  • Paperback    91 pages      © 2009
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The second volume of Encounters of Microbiology includes 16 new medical mysteries pulled from Discover Magazine’s “Vital Signs”.  Chosen and introduced by renowned author and educator Jeffrey Pommerville, each gripping account follows emergency room physicians and specialists on their race to uncover and treat the life-threatening microbial diseases facing their patients. These medical detectives need all of their experience, intuition, and a few critical observations to identify the puzzling illnesses.

With a new section discussing the steps taken when diagnosing patients, and engaging Questions to Consider sections, Encounters of Microbiology, Volume 2 is an exhilarating read for students or anyone interested in the exciting world of microbiology.

Also available: Encounters in Microbiology, Second Edition, Volume 1 (978-0-7637-5798-4)

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Designed as a supplemental reader for students or anyone interested in microbiology. 


  • Introduction to Microbiology     
  • Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals     
  • Medical Microbiology     
  • Microbiology for Dental Hygiene Students   
  • Microbes and Society
  • Virology



The Steps Used When Diagnosing and Treating a Patient

1.  A Woman’s Terrible Stomach Pain Turns Deadly, by Tony Dajer 
2.  Bad Fever, by Claire Panosian Dunavan 
3.  Is That Lump Malignant? by Mark Cohen 
4.  Microbes That Maim, by Sheri Fink 
5.  Mystery Rash, by Claire Panosian Dunavan 
6.  Why Can’t He Walk? by Paul Austin
Bull’s-Eye, by Claire Panosian Dunavan
Can She Survive the Cure? by Stewart Massad
Gut Attack! by Tony Dajer
10. A Killer Raves On, by Claire Panosian Dunavan
Why are His Eyes Crossed? by Mark Cohen
The Sleeping Giant, by Tony Dajer
Who’s That? by John R. Pettinato
Just an Upset Stomach? by Claire Panosian Dunavan
Bad Blood, by Mark Cohen
A Task in the Yard Turns Lethal, by Claire Panosian Dunavan


Jeffrey C. Pommerville, PhD-Glendale Community College

Jeffrey Pommerville is Professor of Biology and Microbiology at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona, where he teaches microbiology and introductory biology. He also has served as the Course Assessment Coordinator for the Biology Department at GCC. Before coming to GCC, he was on the biology faculty at Texas A&M University. Dr. Pommerville received his BS and PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Since coming to GCC, Dr. Pommerville has served as principal investigator on several NSF grants, including Systemic Reform in Science (SyRIS) that developed a strategy to reform and integrate the introductory sciences. He is the author of more than 50 research and education research papers, and was the Perspectives Editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Dr. Pommerville has received numerous professional honors, including: the 2008 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from ASM, the Golden Microscope Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ohaus Award for Innovations in Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association, and was one of the first recipients of a Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award from his home institution. He is a member of AAAS, NSTA, NABT, and, of course ASM. Dr. Pommerville is a past co-chair for the ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators as well as a past chair of Division W of ASM.

Dr. Pommerville also is author of Fundamentals of Microbiology: Body Systems Edition, Third Edition (2016), Alcamo’s Microbes and Society, Fourth edition (2016), as well as Encounters in Microbiology, Vol. 1 and 2 (2009), and Guide to Infectious Diseases by Body System, Second Edition (2012). All are published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.


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