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Microbiology Demystified [Paperback]

Tom Betsy , James Keogh
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May 25, 2005 0071446508 978-0071446501 1
The high demand for nurses and other medical professionals has resulted in a dramatic enrollment increase in nursing schools and colleges who offer medical training. All these students are required to pass a course in microbiology, which tends to trip up many students. The proposed book will demystify the complex topic of microbiology in a way that students will gain the necessary skills required for several different branches of the medical profession.

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You don't need to be intimidated by microbiology, stumbling block to many a health sciences student. Now anyone can master the world of tiny little critters -- without expensive tutors, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Microbiology Demystified, health sciences professor Tom Betsy and Demystifed series veteran Jim Keogh provide an effective and painless way to learn and review microbiology. You'll cover the core material of a standard textbook -- without the confusion and frustration.

With Microbiology Demystified, you master the subject one step at a time -- at your own speed. Unlike most books on microbiology, general concepts are presented first -- and the details follow. This unique self-teaching guide gives you a quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses -- and a 100-question "final exam" to review the entire book.

This heavily illustrated and entertaining self-teaching tool gives you everything you need to:

  • Painlessly master all major microbiology concepts, in the order they are taught by standard texts
  • Decipher complex terms and ideas, with a fun, easy-to-read format
  • Learn microbiology from an expert teacher partnered with a writer who takes the student's point of view
  • Conquer single-celled and multicellular microorganisms
  • Get friendly with viruses, viroids, prions, fungi, algae, and more
  • Learn microbes' role in disease and disease transmission
  • Find out about the immune response and drugs that combat microbial infections
  • Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

A fast, effective, and fun way to learn microbiology, Microbiology Demystified is the perfect shortcut to a deeper understanding of the world of super-small creatures and their role in health and disease.

About the Author

Tom Betsy, D.C., teaches microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and other courses in the nursing and allied health programs at Bergen Community College in northern New Jersey. Dr. Betsy is widely admired by his students for his ability to simplify complex subjects. He lives in Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Jim Keogh is a writer and teacher of computing at Columbia University. He is the author of more than 60 books. This is the seventh book in the Demystified series that he has authored. The others are Pharmacology Demystified, JavaScript Demystified, ASP.NET Demystified, Data Structures Demystified, OOP Demystified, and Java Demystified. He lives in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071446508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071446501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me through my microbiology course July 13, 2005
By CANurse
Let's say that I'll never be a microbiologist, but I needed to get through microbiology to stay in nursing school. Microbiology Demystified is getting me through my microbiology course. I take it to class so I can lookup anything I don't understand. This book is right on target so far. I've been pulling a B+. Now if they only had a demystified book for my other nursing courses I would be home free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this instead of the micro textbooks July 13, 2005
By MariaRN
This was a great find. I was talking a microbiology course this summer as part of my RN program, but the teacher was confusing and the textbook was too technical. I took a chance and got a hold of a copy of this book. They should have used this as the textbook. Everything is written clearly, perfectly at the level I needed. I have a friend who is taking micro in the fall and she is going to use this book instead of buying the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't they write textbooks like this July 25, 2005
This book got me through microbiology with a B+. Any easy read. Tech jargon is defined and explained in every day English. Much better than the textbook they required us to buy and for a fraction of its price. Can't go wrong buying this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some errors in book - disappointed November 13, 2010
The book is okay, but there are some errors. Chapter 7, page 123, says that "Protein synthesis begins with the transcription process". This becomes a quiz question at the end of Chapter 7, but according to the quiz key in the book, the answer "transcription" is incorrect. Also, quiz question number 1 at the end of Chapter 7 also appears to give an incorrect answer (according to the quiz key). Also, there seem to be more inconsistencies. So I am disappointed. Otherwise, if it weren't for these errors, this could be a great book - a five star instead of a two star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment October 22, 2010
This book is nearly worthless. Large parts of it are just lists of organisms and there are frequent grammatical errors, typos, misspellings. It's clear it was written in a rush. The blurb on the back says "lavishly illustrated" which is a lie. All the illustrations, of which there are few, are not even B&W photos but line drawings, and not even very good ones at that. For example, The very first two, meant to illustrate two different organisms, are hard to tell apart. Save your money and buy something else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not enough detail February 17, 2010
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I bought this book to help with a Microbiology class I need for nursing. Some of the more important things we are doing in lab (staining and cultures) have little detail or are not mentioned at all. For example, they mention MacConkey agar but not the others that we are being tested on. Chemical metabolism has some details, but not enough about ATP production. This book has helped clarify some things, but I have not been able to use it to the extent that I would have hoped.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive enough for science major September 30, 2009
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Well written for non-science major but not college level especially for science major. Read it for a few days and selling it back. Microbiology the easy way is much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to pass Microbiology.... October 14, 2008
By Hohjo
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This book clarifies and simplifies highly technical science writing into completely comprehensible concepts without "dumbing down" the text. It's a great review for those who are familiar with Microbiology, and a wonderful summary for those who are just learning it. Microbiology Demystified is a great investment for any science student!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book for supplementing the college text,as a primer before starting Micro. It strikes a good balance between being too easy or too hard.
Published on January 6, 2011 by Flatlander
5.0 out of 5 stars Microbiology: A breeze
Even before I began this course I was terrified. Just the word "Microbiology" terrified me. This textbook is wonderful. Read more
Published on October 29, 2010 by Instructor 59
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Second Degree
I'm going back for a second degree after 21 years. This book is very easy to understand and will make my class a lot easier and enjoyable. Great seller, quick shipping. Read more
Published on November 8, 2009 by Student09
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be a great book....
This could be a great book. A lot of wrong answers in the chapter quiz area. This could lead to a lot of confusion in a subject that is confusing enough on its own (that is why... Read more
Published on March 5, 2009 by L. Kozak
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than your assigned text book.
I'm currently taking microbiology and ended up getting this ebook because I couldn't afford the textbook. Read more
Published on February 14, 2009 by James Gerhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!
This book offers a lively introduction to microbiology for beginners. It is very informative and many interesting topics are covered. Read more
Published on February 14, 2009 by kclam
4.0 out of 5 stars good as a supplement to your textbook
I was terrified of microbiology heading in, it seemed like it would be so difficult. After all, I had just finished the human anatomy & physiology series and those studies are so... Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by ww27
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent but limited
A nice overview that skims the surface pretty well. The only major downside to it is that it really targets people who are going into the medical field. Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by M. Sugihara
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