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Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple [Paperback]

Mark Gladwin , William Trattler
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May 1, 2011 1935660039 978-1935660033 5
A brief, clear, thorough, and highly enjoyable approach to clinical microbiology, brimming with mnemonics, humor, summary charts and illustrations, from AIDS to flesh-eating bacteria to ebola, mad cow disease, hantavirus, anthrax, smallpox, botulism, etc. Excellent Board review. Extensive updates, including new chapter on hospital-acquired gram-negative bacteria.

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Dr. Gladwin is Division Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Director, Vascular Medicine Institute of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Trattler is in private practice.

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  • Series: Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MedMaster Inc; 5 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935660039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935660033
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Trattler is Director of Cornea at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care, in Miami, Florida ( www.CenterForEyeCare.com )
After graduating from Dartmouth College, he attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute. He spent an additional year for subspecialty training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. During his corneal fellowship, he performed research on dry eye and blepharitis. Dr. Trattler has continued his involvement in research, and has participated in numerous phase 3 and phase 4 studies in areas ranging from cataract and refractive surgery to dry eye and blepharitis.

Dr. Trattler has authored many books, articles, and text book chapters including Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, a textbook he helped co-author that is used by medical, nursing, and veterinary students throughout the world. In 2002, Dr. Trattler received the "Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award" from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology.???? In 2006, he was named one of the top 50 Cataract & Refractive Surgery Opinion Leaders, as voted on by readers of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Helping Me Remember October 20, 2011
By Caitlin
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I have a lot of trouble remembering drug names and different features of various pathogens. The illustrations in this book are incredibly cheesy, which is what makes it work. The mnemonics do not require a lot of extra studying. I have friends who don't like mnemonics because they say they'd rather just learn the material than have to learn a mnemonic instead. I find that these are helpful because they are dorky but easy to remember just based on the name. For example, azTREEonam only has one ring in its structure, not two, because it's like a tree fell through the other part of the house. This would let a lot of air in through the giant hole in the house, so it's active against aerobic bacteria. Also, because having a giant hole in your house is a bad thing, it's active against Gram negative bacteria.

I find that it is easy to read and I keep it by my bed to read through at night before I sleep. It's an excellent supplement to classroom material and it is a fast book to get through when you don't have a whole lot of time in second year.

For people like me who have a hard time memorizing things and would rather have everything "make sense," I think this book is invaluable. If you are very good at memorizing facts and tables, it may not be as useful to you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for medical school August 31, 2011
By med2014
Format:Paperback
This is one of my best investments thus far in medical school. I always thought microbiology was a subject of rote memorization, that it doesn't lend itself well to anecdotes and pictorials. But this book completely jumped that hurdle and did what I believe more books should do. The pictures, mnemonics, stories, etc. are corny, humorous, fun, and above all, helpful. Some of them seem ridiculously far-fetched, but surprisingly they stick with you. Yes, it doesn't tailor to everyone's learning style and you may not want to re-read through a 400pg book while studying for the USMLE, but before you go to the flashcards give this book a try; at its price it's well worth the investment. Thanks to the authors for this, and my only suggestion for future editions is MORE PICTURES!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to First Aid/Microcards July 23, 2011
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At first glance I was not a fan of the cheesy cartoons included in the book, but after using it for USMLE Step 1 Micro review have found the combination of cartoons + very well written text to be a good combination and an excellent addition to the concise First Aid and the micro flash cards I'm using. My only knock against this book is that the index is far too brief and sometimes it is difficult to find the bug or drug you are looking for (just one example: no index entry for trimethoprim or sulfamethoxazole but there is a whole page on these drugs. Authors/editors, what are you thinking?). I took off a star as this is not a book you will read cover to cover, but to elaborate a certain section/disease/bug from First Aid, which requires a good index. Hunting for material (after not finding it indexed) is a pain when you have to do it more than a few times in a day.

There are errors in grammar, but the reviewer who gave the book two stars for poor grammar is being excessively harsh. The errors do not take away from the text's utility.

Me: prep'ing for Step 1, entering 3rd year med, micro was one of my LEAST favorite subjects during pre-clinical years.

7/25 -- Have to up this to Five stars after reading the antibiotics section. Very clearly presented. Index remains annoying, but it's still a great text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for Medical School, Residency and War December 14, 2012
By RJW
Format:Paperback
I had stumbled across this book in the med school bookstore halfway through 2nd year and wish I would've known 1st year. As each year added another layer of understanding and application the concise and always pertinent information was, immensely aided by pictures and quips, retained and utilized more. USMLE Step 1 was too long ago to remember but 2 & 3's clinical micro and antibiotic sections seemed like an entry-level question from one of my Corpsman. I know this book was responsible for that.

During my surgery residency I frequently whipped this out for a quick refresh on infections and their treatments which saved a lot of pain and gained some good points on rounds. Don't be mad when you get to be the go-to-guy when the culture/sensitivity results are reported, just tell your peers to get the same book. I still do and especially recommend it to my midlevels.

I had a limited personal load-out for Afghanistan and made sure this was one of my references. It was critical for differential diagnosis in local nationals and helping make tx decisions with a limited, but frequently bizarre, formulary (all dependent upon what was making it to our forward base from states and the orders took months and were dropped in by helo), might not have Amoxicillin but did have 3 cases of Zyvox... Over there when you hear hoofbeats it might be a horse or zebra but was just as often a rhinoceros.

I am still flipping through it now on my Westpac tour and can't wait to see the wonders of jungle warfare and tropical medicine through the paradigm of Clinical Microbiology made ridiculously simple. From a--getting to be old--Navy Medical Officer thank you and keep those new editions coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Honestly the best way to learn microbiology. Even now as I prepare for boards, I still find myself using the memory tricks in this book. The comics are memorable and are a great way to get an overview of the topic. Synergistic with Lippincott Microcards, or make your own flashcards from the tables at the end of each chapter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is a great source for them who is preparing for USMLE Step1. The book contains lots of figures and mnemonics helping to remember the facts. Read more
Published 17 days ago by T. SHERGELASHVILI
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great book
Published 2 months ago by ejsylla
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for med school
Really does make micro simple. I wish it had margins to add notes but really makes the usmle high yield micro simple. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cfoj
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a review
Not as helpful/in-depth as I had hoped. Good supplemental information and good for review but by no means a replacement for an actual textbook
Published 3 months ago by Brooke Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have made it through with it
It gives lots of visualization tricks to memorizing everything about the different microbes. So glad I got this book. Great buy.
Published 4 months ago by knowledge is power
5.0 out of 5 stars Microbiology
I bought this Microbiology book to freshen up on my Micro skills. I currently work in a clinical laboratory and I am a second year PharmD student. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nakita Byrum
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
Very clearly explained. Some descriptions are illustrated in ways to make them stick in your mind. I highly recommend this book for health care professionals studying for board... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Booksalot
3.0 out of 5 stars ehh... the cartoons in the book are nice
eh... I bought this thinking it would be as amazing as Clinical Pathology Made Ridiculously Simple, but it loses its easily distracted readers (you know, the people who these books... Read more
Published 7 months ago by uuboy13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review book
Great book!! It really covers all the material needed to know for a medical student in micro class or reviewing for boards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for medical students
Bought this for my microbiology block during my first year of medical school. It has some cute and funny descriptions and cheesy cartoons that can help you memorize the specifics... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ariana Murray
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