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The Microbial Challenge, Third Edition
A Public Health Perspective

Author(s): Robert I Krasner, PhD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, (late of) Providence College
Teri Shors, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • ISBN-13: 9781449673758
  • Product With Access Code    550 pages      © 2014
Price: $212.95 US List
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"This is an outstanding book and a pleasure to read [that is] unique in its public health perspective."
-Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals), Doody's Review Service, Rating: 5 Stars!

Microbes play a highly significant role in our daily lives as agents of infectious disease and are a major public health concern. The third edition of The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective 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. Sections on fungi and fungal diseases are new. The third edition includes new and contemporary information on vaccinations, antibiotic resistant microbes, practical disinfection information, virotherapy and emerging diseases. New boxes throughout the text feature items of human interest such as big and bizarre viruses, probiotics, rats, and synthetic biology. Ancillary instructor and student resources have been updated and expanded including the end of the chapter Self Evaluations.

New and Key Features of the Third Edition:

  • New end-of-chapter questions included in every chapter.
  • A wealth of new feature boxes add a real-world perspective to the topics at hand.
  • New data on virotherapy and prions as infectious agents
  • New and updated statistics and data tables included throughout the text
  • Includes the latest on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases as major health problems
  • A new section on fungi has been added.
  • Includes an extensive list of novels and readings based on microbes.
  • New images taken by the authors are now included in figures throughout the text.
  • Every new printed copy is packaged with full student access to the companion website, which features a variety of interactive and engaging study tools.
  • Instructor resources include: PowerPoint Image Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Slides, Chapter Summaries, and Test Bank

Applicable Courses

Appropriate for the non-majors introductory course in microbiology offered within biology, public health or allied health fields.

Part  1  The Challenge
  Chapter  1  Identifying the Challenge
  Chapter  2  The Microbial World
  Chapter  3  The Beneficial Aspects of Microbes: The Other Side of the Coin
  Chapter  4  Bacteria
  Chapter  5  Viruses
  Chapter  6  Bacterial Genetics
Part  2  Microbial Disease
  Chapter  7  Concepts of Microbial Disease
  Chapter  8  Epidemiology and Cycle of Microbial Disease
  Chapter  9  Bacterial Diseases
  Chapter  10  Viral and Prion Diseases
  Chapter  11  Protozoans and Helminths, Fungi and the Diseases They Cause
Part  3  Meeting the Challenge
  Chapter  12  The Immune Response
  Chapter  13  Control of Microbial Diseases
  Chapter  14  Partnerships in the Control of Infectious Diseases
Part  4  Current Challenges
  Chapter  15  Biological Weapons
  Chapter  16  Current Plagues
  Chapter  17  The Unfinished Agenda

Robert I Krasner, PhD, MPH-Professor Emeritus, (late of) Providence College

Professor Emeritus Robert I. Krasner, a member of the Department of Biology at Providence College (Rhode Island), retired after 50 years of teaching and research. His appointment at Providence College started in 1958, shortly after his service as a young army officer stationed in Japan that, according to Krasner, sparked his love for travel. During his tenure he was responsible for the development of new courses and mentoring students in research, He was recognized on several occasions for excellence in teaching. The Robert I. Krasner Teaching Award was established upon his retirement at the college to recognize outstanding graduating seniors. Krasner is the author of 20th Century Microbe Hunters, scientific papers, and a contributor to other scholarly works. He spent sabbaticals and leaves of absence at numerous domestic and foreign institutions including Fort Detrick Army Biological Laboratories, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and in Israel, France, Brazil, and England. At 69 years of age, he was accepted into the Harvard School of Public Health and earned a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree; he was the oldest full-time student to have accomplished this.

Krasner founded and directed the Summer Science Program for high school students at Providence College from 1975 to 2006. The program hosted approximately 1,000 students during its long span. During this time he also developed and directed several grant-funded microbiology and biotechnology workshops for high school teachers.

Over the years, Krasner attended and presented papers at numerous annual meetings of the American Society for Microbiology. Teaching remained his major interest, and when asked by colleagues "what (research) he was working on," his favorite reply was "students." His initiative led to the establishment of the Division for Microbiology Educators. Krasner’s career was further highlighted by the presentation of over 60 papers in the United States and abroad. He continues to lecture occasionally and enjoys gardening, pet therapy, studio art, and playing the harmonica.


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Teri Shors, PhD-University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Teri Shors has been a member of the Department of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 1997; she was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2010. Shors is a devoted teacher and researcher at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been a recipient of university awards, including a distinguished teaching award and two endowed professorships. She has taught a variety of courses and laboratories and has made a strong contribution to the development of new courses in microbiology and molecular biology in the department.

Shors’ graduate and post-graduate education is virology-based and is reflected in her research. Before teaching at UW Oshkosh, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases under the direction of Dr. Bernard Moss in the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While her initial expertise centers upon studying the expression of vaccinia virus genes, she is currently interested in the potential of anti-viral compounds in cranberries, other fruits, and herbs used as green medicine in Hmong culture. This anti-viral research has been funded by a variety of granting agencies, including a prestigious Merck/AAAS award. Shors has mentored many students engaged in independent research projects and related readings.

Shors contributes strongly as a co-author to the 3rd edition of The Microbial Challenge. She is the author of Understanding Viruses, now in its 2nd edition and has recently authored Encounters in Virology. Additionally, she has contributed to and authored a variety of other texts and scientific writings.

Initiative, creativity, using technology in the classroom, networking, and leading collaborative, cross-disciplinary studies are all hallmarks of Shors’ talents. Her use of technology, current events topics, and humor makes her popular among students in the classroom. She has recently developed and taught an online virology course for undergraduates.

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  • “Although there are thousands of microbe species, this fascinating book focuses on those that cause human disease...Each chapter now has a variety of ‘assists’ and ends with an overview and self-evaluation questions. At the end of the book are a well-done glossary, an appendix of references, and an index. There is also a companion website. The inside covers contain relevant headlines from Internet news or blogs relating to microbes.”

    -Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT(William Beaumont Hospitals), Doody's Review Service: 5 Stars!

  • “[The Microbial Challenge, Third Edition] is perfect for community/public health majors. I like how the author has linked in comparisons that the students can relate to, and how everyday items/activities have been used to build greater understanding of materials…The key strength of the book, for my class, is that a non-biology major can learn epidemiology concepts successfully. In today’s world of prevention this book is well structured and written.”

    –Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior

  • "[The Microbial Challenge, Third Edition] book is NOT a watered down version of a typical Microbiology textbook. Rather, it presents concepts and issues in Microbiology that are most relevant to human societies.”

    –Dr. Kathleen Page, Southern Oregon University

  • The Microbial Challenge, Third Edition is an outstanding introductory textbook for the field of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Biology. Krasner & Shors mastered the challenge to produce an easy-to-read textbook that keeps a complex context simple and understandable.”

    -Dr. Carsten Sanders, University of Pennsylvania

  • “I reviewed a number of books before choosing this one for my epidemiology course. Microbial Challenge, Third Edition won out over the others due to its user friendliness for non-biology majors, for the flow of the materials, how the content linked into real life and helped the reader see how these issues could/can affect them … In my opinion. It’s a winner.”

    –Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior

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ISBN-13: 9781449673758

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