This title in the popular World of...Series is a comprehensive, subject-specific, two-volume encyclopedic guide that covers the concepts, theories, discoveries and pioneers in microbiology and immunology for students, researchers, teachers and librarians. Using a mix of traditional academic and topical articles, World of Microbiology and Immunology addresses current ethical, legal and social issues with special emphasis given to biological warfare and terrorism. Included are 650 alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced topical and biographical entries ranging in length from 200 to 1,000 words, as well as approximately 200 photographs and illustrations.
"Microbiology and immunology are sometimes seen as esoteric and highly specialized sciences with few interpreters to students and the lay public. The authors have selected 600 entries that highlight selected important persons, research facilities, terms, and concepts of both these fields... The language is straightforward and only as technical as required. The aim is to increase curiosity and interest in these diverse and important disciplines, and to show the development and growing importance of both fields to human health. Though the editors emphasize student use, the major users will probably be persons wanting to learn a bit about terms they hear or read in scientific and medical news. In no way does this publication compete with professional encyclopedias designed for researchers and medical practitioners such as Encyclopedia of Microbiology or Encyclopedia of Immunology. Recommended for public libraries and general interest in academic libraries."
-- Booklist (April 2003)
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