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Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences

Author(s): Maria Dannessa Delost, PhD, MT, Professor and Director of Clinical Laboratory Programs, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
  • ISBN-13: 9781284032314
  • Paperback    588 pages      © 2015
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Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences provides a foundation in microbiology that is essential for a career as a medical laboratory technologist/technician (MLT). A key text for students and a helpful reference for practitioners, it reviews the microorganisms most commonly encountered in clinical settings and clearly explains basic laboratory procedures.

This text provides a concise overview of topics and facilitates comprehension with learning objectives, key terms, case studies, and review questions. In addition, the text includes laboratory exercises, eliminating the need for a separate laboratory manual. Covering content required in the MLT curriculum and featured on the ASCP certification exam, this accessible text will help prepare students for a career in laboratory science.

Key Features

• Reviews the microorganisms most important in clinical practice

• Explains basic laboratory procedures, such as specimen collection and staining

• Includes laboratory exercises in the text–no need for a separate manual

• Serves as a helpful on-the-job reference for laboratory practitioners

• Provides practice questions to help students prepare for the medical technology certification exam

Chapter Pedagogy

  • Chapter Outline
  • Key Terms
  • Learning Objectives
  • Procedures
  • Laboratory Exercises
  • Case Studies
  • Review Questions

Instructor Resources: Image Bank with 247 photos and illustrations; PowerPoint Presentations per chapter; Laboratory Exercise Worksheets; and a Test Bank with 450 multiple choice questions and a 225-question exam.

Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences is on the recommended reading list to prepare for the ASCP MLT exam. (American Society for Clinical Pathology, Medical Laboratory Technician exam)

Chapter  1  Introduction to Clinical Microbiology
Chapter  2  Safety in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Chapter  3  Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing
Chapter  4  Microscopy, Staining, and Traditional Methods of Examination
Chapter  5  Automation, Immunodiagnostics, and Molecular Methods Used to Identify Microorganisms
Chapter  6  Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Chapter  7  Staphylococci and Other Catalase Positive Gram Positive Cocci
Chapter  8  Streptococci, Enterococcus and Related Organisms
Chapter  9  Neisseria
Chapter  10  Enterobacteriaceae
Chapter  11  Nonfermentative Gram-Negative Bacilli
Chapter  12  Miscellaneous Gram-Negative Bacilli I: Oxidase Positive Fermenters
Chapter  13  Miscellaneous Gram Negative Bacilli II
Chapter  14  Gram-Positive Bacilli
Chapter  15  Spirochetes
Chapter  16  Anaerobes
Chapter  17  Mycobacterium
Chapter  18  Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Rickettsiae
Chapter  19  Introduction to Virology
Chapter  20  Introduction to Medical Mycology
Chapter  21  Introduction to Medical Parasitology
Chapter  22  Clinical Specimens

Maria Dannessa Delost, PhD, MT-Professor and Director of Clinical Laboratory Programs, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

Maria Dannessa Delost, PhD, MT(ASCP) has been Program Director at Youngstown State University for more than 20 years, and has been published in Clinical Laboratory Science and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, among others. She previously was author of Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology: A Text and Workbook.

She has been a Distinguished Professor in Teaching twice, and has been involved in a broad array of community service and teaching initiatives throughout her career. She has developed curriculum in MLT and other programs, and created online courses, in addition to working in the classroom and lab.

  • "[This text] covers all areas of clinical importance providing general information as well detailed information regarding current laboratory methodologies. This book is written in a fashion that is easy to read and understand for someone with little science background.  I appreciate the basic approach in some areas and the detailed approach in areas of application.The strengths of this text include the provision of laboratory procedures, user friendly charts and tables, discussion of methodologies used in current laboratory environment, and easy to read format.  I feel that the content was very current.  It is the most up to date textbook covering clinical microbiology with regard to laboratory application and procedures."

    ~ Angela R. Bell, MS, MLS(ASCP)SM, DLM, Tidewater Community College

  • "I wish I had this book when I was starting in clinical microbiology -- it lays a great foundation of basic knowledge. This is a superb companion book for use in beginning clinical microbiology courses."

    ~Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284032314

Additional Resources for Instructors
Answers to In-Text Questions
Image Bank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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