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Microbiology the Easy Way (Barron's E-Z) [Kindle Edition]

Rene Fester Kratz
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Book Description

This book transforms a difficult subject into terms and ideas that every attentive student can readily understand. Major topics covered include: the microbial world, cellular chemistry, observing microbes through a microscope, microbial growth and reproduction, microbial genetics, bacteria, archaea, eukaryotic microorganisms such as fungi and protozoa, viruses, the disease process, epidemiology, antimicrobial drugs, practical applications of immunology, infectious diseases, and many others. The book includes charts, tables, and review questions with answers. Barron's Easy Way books introduce a variety of academic and practical subjects to students and general readers in clear, understandable language. Ideal as self-teaching manuals for readers interested in learning a new career-related skill, these books have also found widespread classroom use as supplementary texts and brush-up test-preparation guides. Subject heads and key phrases that need to be learned are set in a second color.

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[back cover]
by Ren© Kratz, Ph.D.

  • A clear and easy approach to understanding microbiology
  • Observing microbes through a microscope
  • Charts, tables, and review questions with answers

  • cellular chemistry
  • microbial genetics
  • microorganisms
  • the disease process
  • epidemiology
  • antimicrobial drugs . . . and much more

  • Product Details

    • File Size: 16464 KB
    • Print Length: 544 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2005)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0031U0BL4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One-stop shopping for microbiology February 10, 2006
    If you have the aptitude to read full-strength science (the book is targeted at microbiology students), you will find this very affordable volume to be clear, complete, detailed, and well and richly illustrated.

    This book (which comes with a guarantee, right on the cover, that it will improve your grades in 30 days or you get your money back!) is thoughtfully organized and covers all the main areas of microbiology, from cellular chemistry to microbial metabolism to genetics to applied microbiology to how disease works to the immune system, and much else. Each of the 29 chapters concludes with review questions, a self-test, and detailed answers to the review questions. This book is serious about boosting your command of microbiology. The author and publisher have done everything in their power to improve your knowledge (and grades) short of sitting your exams for you.

    Each chapter is lavishly and clearly illustrated with blue-and-black drawings and diagrams. I'm looking at chapter 18, Nonspecific Defenses of the Host, about the nonspecific immune reponse. The drawings so far have been a closeup of the structure of the skin, with about 30 different types of tissue clearly labeled; a diagram of phagocytosis, or how a phagocyte ingests and digests an invading microbe; a diagram of margination and emigration, or how phagocytes can stick to the walls of blood vessels and roll along them till they find an intercellular crevice to squeeze through to get to infected tissue; a diagram of the fever response; and I see six more diagrams in the remainder of this chapter. They're all excellent--and that's just one chapter.

    This is not popular science, it's hard science.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a SUPPLEMENT to your Textbook January 14, 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I do NOT recommend what some others have here -- using this book as your sole source of information for a class without reading your textbook is not going to cut it. Your teacher teaches out of the textbook assigned to your class, so the information covered on your test will be from that specific textbook.

    This book, however is a fantastic supplement if you are having a hard time understanding what your textbook is saying on the difficult microbiological concepts. It raised my test scores by an entire letter grade on the very first test I took after purchasing it! Highly recommended, as well as Anatomy and Physiology The Easy Way.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great supplement to your learning December 30, 2008
    By Carmen
    I am a nursing student and had to take Microbiology last semester. I was on a tight budget, so I took a chance and purchased this book instead of the recommended textbook. I studied my lecture notes and this book and made an A. The book is easy to understand and has pictures to help you understand certain concepts. The chapters are well organized and coincided with the chapters in the textook. Buy the book!
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars great resource for learning microbiology March 2, 2007
    At over 500 pages, this book contains an impressive amount of material for such a low price. Typical college-level introductory microbiology textbooks retail for about 10 times the price of this book (or more), and many don't offer a whole lot more in the way of relevant information or educational value. You won't be paying a premium for glossy pages and multicolor illustrations with this book. Some would argue that illustrating something like a gram stain using only blue, black and white will never be as effective as using full color, but I disagree. More importantly, the illustrations in this book are clear, well devised and logically placed. The text is also clear and easy to understand. In a few places I thought descriptions were a bit oversimplified, but it is hard to criticize the book for this since it is intended to make things as simple as possible. This book seems well suited for those who are learning microbiology for the first time, as well as those who want to refresh their memory on basic concepts of the science. I recommend Microbiology The Easy Way as a good supplemental learning resource for anyone with an interest in microbiology.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Microbiology the Easy Way August 5, 2008
    By Caitlin
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is great. I have never taken microbiology and it breaks it down to where a first time reader understands everything.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "THE" Cliffs Notes on Microbiology October 17, 2009
    I was originally looking for a Barron's version of flash cards for Microbiology, since I loved and was so successful with their version of Anatomy flash cards for my A&P I and II classes this last summer. But since there was no Barron's Microbiology Flash Card product and only this book, I went for it and made the purchase. This book is the down and dirty, concise, and extremely helpful every-day person's guide to Micro. Not full of fluff, and not weak on details. I found this book more helpful than the flash cards that WERE available in my school bookstore.... ("Microbiology", by Bryan Edwards Publishing). In the book, there are helpful diagrams, charts, and self tests after every section to help me ensure that I am getting the info I set out to learn when I sit down with it. No color pictures, so if you're up late and need lots of brilliant ocular stimuli while reading, put on your kids 3-D paper glasses and get back to reading! This is helping me in my class. Good luck to all of you!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    I used it a little for my class, but not much help.
    Published 8 months ago by karen handley
    5.0 out of 5 stars easy
    well needed a little help and this book did what it was made for
    Published 9 months ago by ngina ward
    5.0 out of 5 stars An additional book
    I purchased this in addition to my assigned Microbiology textbook. This book was really good at helping you understand the big picture. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by motherof2
    5.0 out of 5 stars EASY READ
    I was amazed about the clarity of concepts in this book. I found it to be a manual that helped me distinguish the concepts when they were not clear. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by tmnj
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need.
    Exactly as described. I used it to pass my exam at Pearson View. Great also to use as a study tool.
    Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth S.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
    The title is very accurate: a quite difficult subject.. the easy way. It has enough content to sathisfy a bachelor in microbiology, still easy to understand for anyone who is... Read more
    Published 24 months ago by D. Marcus
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
    This is a good book for nursing students completing Micro biology classes. The chapters correspond with textbook well and made the subject matter more comprehensible. Read more
    Published on April 26, 2013 by Nick R Barker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    This text is informative and interesting. Little tests at the end of each discussion. Definitely helping me in microbiology. Thank you.
    Published on February 7, 2013 by M. McCafferty
    3.0 out of 5 stars Microbiology the easy way (Barron's E-Z)
    The book it's ok. but the material offered is to genealized and light, the level it's good for children but hardly for university students. Thank you. Geolamas
    Published on January 21, 2013 by George F. Lamas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Micro...
    Highly useful tool fostered more insight o the subject after reading it. Allows the reader an opportunity to review when timing is limited.
    Published on December 5, 2012 by Isidore Branham
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    I'm a science teacher, writer, wife, and mom (not necessarily in that order!) who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. At Everett Community College in Everett, Washington (about 40 miles north of Seattle), I teach classes in general biology, cellular biology, microbiology, and global health. In addition to working with my college students, I sometimes work on science teaching with teachers in the local K-12 school systems.

    I've basically always loved science -- one of my earliest memories is trying to out-compete a fellow student in elementary school to see who could collect more facts about the solar system! Although that contest was about astronomy, biology proved to be my lasting love. I majored in biology at Boston University, taking lots of classes in botany and microbiology. After that, I worked for a while in a lab devoted to science and science writing before heading to graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned a Ph.D. in Botany. It was in graduate school that I discovered that I really love helping others learn about science.

    Ever since grad school, I've been on a journey to learn how to help others understand science. That journey has led me to learning more about learning itself, as well as to write science books that are designed for non-scientists or students of science (which you can see here on my Amazon page).

    In my spare time (hah hah), I'm a mad reader of books of all sorts, a scrapbooker, a good cook, a haphazard gardener, and a wanna be backyard farmer.

    If you check out any of my books, I hope you enjoy them and find them useful! If you'd like to take a mini-biology class from me, you can sign up through Ed2Go at Science helps us understand the world around us and I truly believe that everyone needs -- and can learn to appreciate -- a little science in their lives.

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