Pharmaceutical microbiology is a fundamentally different subject from clinical or biomedical microbiology. Whilst it has at its heart the science of microbiology and requires a full understanding of microbial structure and function, the applications are unique to the subject and include topics such as the manufacture of microbiologically sterile medicines, their subsequent protection against microbial contamination and spoilage, detection of hazardous microorganisms in medicines and antibiotics manufacture and assay.
Essential Microbiology for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science is not intended to give a comprehensive coverage of the whole subject of microbiology but instead to be an easily digestible outline of the most important features as applied to pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. Concepts are explained using colour diagrams, tables and figures wherever possible.
It is an essential study guide for undergraduates studying microbiology modules on degree courses in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. Written by two pharmacists each with over 30 years experience of teaching, research and publishing in pharmaceutical microbiology, it distils the subject down into the essential elements that pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists need to know in order to practice their profession, and covers all the microbiology components of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society s indicative syllabus that is at the core of every pharmacy degree.
- Essential study guide for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students
- Information displayed in easy to assimilate format with numerous explanatory diagrams
- Full colour throughout
- Companion website with further reading, MCQs and further information to expand the text.
- Written by highly regarded academics with over 30 years each in research, teaching and publishing
- Covers all the microbiology components of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society s indicative syllabus
Part I Characteristics of microorganisms
Chapter 1 The microbial world 3
Chapter 2 Handling and growing microorganisms 11
Chapter 3 Bacterial structure and function 21
Chapter 4 Mycology: the study of fungi 33
Chapter 5 Protozoa 43
Chapter 6 Viruses and viral infections 49
Chapter 7 Characteristics of other microorganisms and infectious agents 57
Part II Microorganisms and the treatment of infections
Chapter 8 Infection and immunity 65
Chapter 9 The selection and use of antibiotics 79
Chapter 10 Antibacterial antibiotics 87
Chapter 11 Antifungal agents 95
Chapter 12 Antiviral agents 103
Chapter 13 Antibiotic resistance 117
Chapter 14 Antibiotic stewardship 127
Part III Microorganisms and the manufacture of medicines
Chapter 15 Bioburdens: counting, detecting and identifying microorganisms 137
Chapter 16 Antiseptics, disinfectants and preservatives 149
Chapter 17 The manufacture of medicines: product contamination and preservation 161
Chapter 18 The design of sterilization processes 175
Chapter 19 Sterilization methods 183
Chapter 20 The use of microorganisms in the manufacture of medicines 197
As a quick review for budding pharmaceutical chemists who are learning pharmaceutical microbiology, this book could be useful. It is generally well written and presents a brief outline of the topics that it seeks to cover. (Doody s, 21 June 2013)