By Mark Gladwin

(Currently in 2004 revised printing) a quick, transparent, thorough, and hugely relaxing method of scientific microbiology, brimming with mnemonics, humor, precis charts and illustrations, from AIDS to "flesh-eating micro organism" to ebola, mad cow sickness, hantavirus, anthrax, smallpox, botulism, and so forth. very good Board evaluate.

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Bovis bacteremia have a colonic malignancy. We do not know if S. bovis is a cause of colon cancer or just a marker of the disease. BOVIS in the BLOOD: Better Beware, CANCER in the BOWEL Streptococcus pneumoniae (Alias the pneumococcus; No Lancefield antigen) The pneumococcus is a very important organism because it is a major cause of bacterial pneumonia and meningitis in adults, and otitis media in children. pneumococcus is to parents what group B streptococcus is to Babies. 27 CHAPTER 4. STREPTOCOCCI The pneumococcus does not have Lancefield antigens!

Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, a disease that primarily affects herbivores (cows and sheep). Humans are exposed to the spores of Bacillus anthracis during direct contact with infected animals or soil, or when handling Figure 6-1 38 CHAPTER 6. BACILLUS AND CLOSTRIDIUM (SPORE-FORMING RODS) With a cutaneous anthrax infection (the most common route of entry), Bacillus anthracis rapidly multiplies and releases a potent exotoxin. This exotoxin causes localized tissue necrosis, evidenced by a painless round black lesion with a rim of edema.

Prior to antibiotics, Clostridium perfringens devastated soldiers wounded in battle. This bacterium, whose spores can be found in the soil, matures in anaerobic conditions and produce gas. The spores can contaminate wounds from battle or other trauma. Deep wounds with lots of dead tissue create an anaerobic environment that offers an excellent home for Clostridium perfringens. As this anaerobic organism grows, it releases its battery of exotoxin enzymes (see Fig. 2-8), causing further tissue destruction.

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