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Pictures suck, otherwise moderately OK
on September 12, 2006
Unfortunately this book seems to be the best full-length textbook available on this subject. But I have to dis-recommend it anyway, above all because of the low quality of the illustrations. The writing is generally pretty clear and not overly intricate, so the book serves fairly well as a reference. But don't try to learn from it as a first pass - it's just not put together well enough.
The main rival of this book is another book with the same title, "Medical Microbiology" by Mims. Unfortunately Mims is even worse, organized by organ systems rather than by genus and species as Murray's is. At least Murray's doesn't jumble up all the different pathogens into a liquid mix of terminology.
Really the book that most medical students use is "Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple", which may seem low-tech, but is actually readable. Maybe with Murray's as a backup resource for fact-checking.