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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's E-Z
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764128450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764128455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

[back cover]
ALL THE ESSENTIALS IN ONE CLEAR VOLUME
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

  • More About the Author

    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 http://www.ed2go.com/courses/bio. 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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    Book is a great help in my Micro class.
    Michelle A. Morais
    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.
    Carmen
    As an older returning student, I was very happy that I bought this book.
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vitols on February 10, 2006
    Format: Paperback
    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 By Future Mrs. H on January 14, 2008
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    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 By Carmen on December 30, 2008
    Format: Paperback
    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 By Doc Dave on March 2, 2007
    Format: Paperback
    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 By Caitlin on August 5, 2008
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    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 By Mashell J. Smith on October 17, 2009
    Format: Paperback
    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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