Biomedical scientists are the foundation of modern healthcare, from cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control. Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible. The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series has been written to reflect the challenges of practicing biomedical science today. It draws together essential basic science with insights into laboratory practice to show how an understanding of the biology of disease is coupled to the analytical approaches that lead to diagnosis. Assuming only a minimum of prior knowledge, the series reviews the full range of disciplines to which a Biomedical Scientist may be exposed - from microbiology to cytopathology to transfusion science. The series: * Understands the complex roles of Biomedical Scientists in the modern practice of medicine. *
Dr Michael Ford has worked in Microbiology for over 20 years and has a wide experience in all areas of a diagnostic service. Michael was appointed Operational Services Manager for The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2003. His main research area is in bacterial identification, which has resulted in a number of publications, and two successful patents for the development of novel selective media. He has been a lecturer at Northumbria University for the past 12 years, and a member of the IBMS Scientific Advisory Panel for Microbiology since 2005. In 2007 Michael was appointed IBMS Deputy Chief Examiner.
1. Introduction to Microbiology ; 2. Identification tests ; 3. Culture media ; 4. Susceptibility testing and antibiotic assay ; 5. Blood cultures ; 6. Investigation of urine samples ; 7. Investigation of wound, tissue, and genital samples ; 8. Examination of cerebrospinal fluid and fluids from sterile sites ; 9. Investigation of respiratory samples ; 10. Investigation of gastrointestinal specimens ; 11. Clinical parasitology ; 12. Infection prevention and control ; 13. Laboratory investigations of viral infections ; 14. Clinical mycology ; 15. Pathogenesis ; 16. Molecular diagnostics and investigation ; 17. Procedures for sample collection, transport and processing