An essential training aid and reference guide for laboratorians. * Includes easy-to-follow collection and ordering guidelines and diagnostic techniques. * Offers extensive discussion and a table to assist physicians with ordering the most appropriate diagnostic tests. * Provides extensive information on method selection, clinical relevance, and test menus. * Features diagnostic algorithms, summary tables, and identification keys. * Presents comprehensive organism information on facing pages. * Includes how-to tips based on 30 years of the author's benchwork experience * Serves as a resource for microbiologists, physicians, medical technologists, public health personnel, teachers, and students. This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.