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Microbiology: A Systems Approach Hardcover – February 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0073522524 ISBN-10: 007352252X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007352252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073522524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelly Cowan just celebrated her 20th anniversary at Miami University Middletown, an open admissions campus in Ohio. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Louisville, and later worked at the University of Maryland and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She specializes in teaching microbiology to nonmajors, and especially to pre-nursing and allied health students. She herself fell in love with microbiology while pursuing an undergraduate degree in dental hygiene. She has made it her personal mission to hear nurses and dental hygienists she encounters in everyday situations exclaim, “I loved my microbiology class!”

Customer Reviews

The book is fantastic and easy to understand with great pictures.
angela
The econnect stuff that goes with it is also a great study tool to really dig into the concepts, especially if you're a visual learner.
Amber
The condition and timeliness in which I received the book were excellent.
Stephen Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denah619 on September 28, 2011
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Great reference book and has a lot of good information. Explains things if you don't understand them very well. A good book if you are taking microbiology or something like microbiology, you will know everything you need to know with this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on February 26, 2013
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I am currently using this book for my online microbiology class. The book itself is sturdy enough and is holding up fine; however, it is the most confusing textbook I have ever read. There is a lot of information, but the authors do not do a good job of organizing the information in a way that is concise and makes sense. Nearly every chapter has several references to something that they will talk about later on the textbook, so why bring up this information now? It only serves to add to the confusion.

The learning aids and pictures are poorly labelled and explained and leave out a lot of important information. Many of the pictures I looked at I had no idea what they were for. I've had to resort to Google to get the extra information they leave out. There are plenty of other examples I could point out, but I simply do not want to waste my time anymore. It takes about 6-7 hours to read just one chapter so I am able to process and understand this wordy and confusing textbook.

If you are an instructor looking for a new textbook for your class, please don't choose this one.

If you are an unfortunate student, buy a review book to accompany this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber on August 26, 2013
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This is a fantastic book that does a really great job of breaking down very complicated processes. When I did my reading for class, I actually felt prepared for the discussion and it was SUPER applicable to what I've gone on to study in my nursing program. (When I took the TEAS entrance exam for the nursing school, I didn't miss any of the microbiology questions in the science section!)

Altogether, I highly recommend this book. The econnect stuff that goes with it is also a great study tool to really dig into the concepts, especially if you're a visual learner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Vander Linde on October 22, 2012
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This book compared to others, such as Tortora (10th Ed.) by Pearson, fails to appeal to any kind of visual learner. It lacks figures, charts, or diagrams, and instead has a plethora of data tables. I am personally very disappointed with this book and will be replacing it half-way through my Microbiology Class.
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Cowan's Microbiology-"A Systems Approach" aligns perfectly with nursing courses such as human pathophysiology, anatomy & physiology. Approach Microbiology in a systems approach makes it easier to learn and challenge any student like myself. Microbiology is very technical; however, this textbook is written for easy understanding of the microbe world. I would recommend Amazon for your store and this textbook for your education!
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By Stephen Nelson on October 2, 2013
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The condition and timeliness in which I received the book were excellent. The content of the book itself leaves something to be desired. It does cover a good deal of the needed material in a satisfactory fashion. However, when reading the book, it raises some questions that it does not bother to answer. I kind of wish that my instructor had picked a different textbook for my class. This book is not as thorough as it should have been.
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By Kimberly C. Lipari on February 9, 2014
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This book was close to $300 at the bookstore at school. This was a huge bargin!!! I recieved all the updates on my order as promised and aside from one slightly crushed corner (which I blame on shipping) the book arrived in the shrink wrap and with a valid connect code in otherwise great condition. It arrived at my house on the day promised, so I could not be happier. Thank You
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The textbook was in good condition and what I was expecting, but considering it was brand new I thought the online access code would come with it, like any other brand new book I've gotten. It was frustrating when I had to spend an extra $80 to get the access code. Could have gotten this book including the code for a lot cheaper through a book store!
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