Presents 68 interesting, challenging cases that make the study of medical microbiology and infectious diseases enjoyable. * Enables students to develop a working knowledge of the variety of microorganisms that cause infections in humans. * Explains the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches that the clinical laboratory uses in assisting the physician in making infectious disease diagnoses. * Includes questions to test knowledge in four broad areas: 1) the etiologic agent's characteristics and laboratory diagnosis; 2) pathogenesis and clinical presentation; 3) epidemiology; and 4) prevention and, in some cases, drug resistance and treatment. * Serves as a valuable tool for students preparing for the National Board of Medical Examiners examination Parts 1 and 2 as well as during clinical infectious disease rotations. Also a useful resource for advanced undergraduate students, other professional students, physicians in training at both the resident and fellow stage, and faculty members at all levels. This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.