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Prescott/Harley/Klein's Microbiology 7th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0073302089
ISBN-10: 0072992913
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (January 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072992913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073302089
  • ASIN: 0073302082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brennan Johnson on November 16, 2008
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This book is well written overall and it is fairly easy to learn from.

Having said that, I'd like to rip on a couple of issues. For some reason, it seems like nearly every time a picture is referred to in the text, it will be one or two pages behind the actual picture. This isn't a big deal if you're just reading a section, but if you actually sit down and read a chapter or two at a time, it becomes infuriating quickly. The book makes constant references to pictures, so it really slows down reading to have to flip the page over, find the figure, flip back, find your place, and continue reading again. The fact that this flaw could have been easily fixed makes it all the more annoying to me. Also, some of the chapters seem a little out of order. I often find myself reading sections that are 10 chapters apart, which cover very similar topics.

Another thing that is lacking in a few places are explanations of basic biology and chemistry concepts that are presented for the first time in the text. I know that you would be expected to know it already, but there are places where a sentence or two of explanation on a concept would be very appropriate and helpful.

If you don't mind constantly flipping the pages to see the referred figure, this really isn't a bad book. The figures are generally helpful and I have certainly learned a lot more from reading this book than I did attending lecture. I would probably recommend it despite its flaws.
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In our college microbiology class, we had the option of choosing one of 3 textbooks. I was glad I chose this book. The other textbooks were too vague and this one included a more in-depth description and schematics of microbiological processes (but not to the point where you get lost in the text). Great book in my opinion and this is coming from a person who has had little microbiology background prior to taking this course!
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By mielat on March 20, 2012
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The book is awesome, have great picture if you are a visual learner. The seller was also awesome. I saved so much money buying this product from amazon. The picture of the cover that is available on amazon is what the book really looks like and it one of those books you want to buy and keep.
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I ordered this book because it was the required text for my Microbiology course at college. After having taken other specific biology classes without a book specific to the course (ie- Plant Bio/Botany with a General Biology book) I find this book very helpful.

I do have to admit, though, that if you're looking to fall asleep this book is more effective than a glass of warm milk.

From what I have read so far, though, the book is very informative. For the most part the text is concise, avoiding rambling or drawn out points. As another reviewer said, you might find a few rough patches when reading if you aren't entirely familiar with a lot of the basic, earlier bio course terms. The authors don't take any time to explain any concepts that they expect most students will have learned by the time they're taking microbiology. So, if you're taking this out of order, or early, you might want to have some kind of general bio reference at hand. I believe that a the book is also aimed at students who have already taken Plant Bio/Botany, which is not the case at all schools.

Buying on Amazon was an excellent choice, I saved about $80. Just remember, the earlier the better! And pray that you don't have to lug this beast of a book to class with you!
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I am satisfied with the quality of the book, however I wish that it could have arrived sooner. It was delivered before the expected delivery date (by about a week), but the expected delivery date was around three weeks after the day I purchased it.
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Prescott's Microbiology: the 5th ed. = $236.73 (new) & $1.32 (buyback) and the 8th ed. = $161.69 (new) & $107.06 (buyback). Note that the 5th edition still sells for almost $80 more than the 8th ed. Does this mean it is better than the 8th? I don't know 'coz I own the 5th & have no intention of selling it for less than $2 and buying the 8th for $160 to find out.

That said, Prescott's Microbiology texts are one of the most comprehensive Microbiology texts in the world given that you have a basic understanding and fair recollection of high school/undergraduate level Biology. A bonus is that this text always covers the basics of Immunology & Molecular Biology/Genetics as well. A good investment provided you have the drive to pore over a book of its physical proportions. If you generally find over-sized textbooks boring use more concise/easier to carry texts like the ones listed below.

Gardner for Genetics
Ananthanarayan & Paniker for Medical Microbiology
Freifelder's for Molecular Biology
Lippincott or Roitt for Immunology
Bailey's for Diagnostic Microbiology
Cappuccino & Sherman's Laboratory Manual

I know it's a lot of books but each one is well worth the money. They're all well organized & written for students on the go. Very concise, facts only/no waffle texts that are also easy to read.
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By J. Avery on January 25, 2011
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Brilliant book, one of the standards in fact. Goes through a wide array of topics ranging from bacteria from the get go, leading into immunology, genetics, metabolism, lab techniques, and more with great pictures to help everything sink in.
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