What Instructors are Saying...
“[The Microbial Challenge] is perfect for community/public health majors. I like how the author has linked in comparisons that the students can relate to, and how everyday items/activities have been used to build greater understanding of materials…The key strength of the book, for my class, is that a non-biology major can learn epidemiology concepts successfully. In today’s world of prevention this book is well structured and written.
I reviewed a number of books before choosing this one for my epidemiology course. Microbial Challenge won out over the others due to its user friendliness for non-biology majors, for the flow of the materials, how the content linked into real life and helped the reader see how these issues could/can affect them … In my opinion. It’s a winner.”
–Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior
"[The Microbial Challenge] book is NOT a watered down version of a typical Microbiology textbook. Rather, it presents concepts and issues in Microbiology that are most relevant to human societies.”
–Dr. Kathleen Page, Southern Oregon University
“The Microbial Challenge is an outstanding introductory textbook for the field of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Biology. Krasner & Shors mastered the challenge to produce an easy-to-read textbook that keeps a complex context simple and understandable.”
-Dr. Carsten Sanders, University of Pennsylvania
About the book:
Krasner's Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective is a unique resource unlike any other introductory microbiology textbook. Combining strong scientific grounding with a conversational writing style, it covers the subject through a public health lens and uses current events students encounter in the media, such as disease outbreaks, to engage and educate. The essentials to a foundational understanding of microbiology are fully covered, including bacteria, viruses and prions, microbial genetics, the human microbiome, and immunity combined with a focus on epidemiology and current challenges faced in public health. Now in a modernized fourth edition and featuring the voice of new lead author, Dr. Shors’ research and extensive virology knowledge complements the late Dr. Krasner’s student-friendly approach crafted from 50 years of teaching microbiology.
The ideal introductory text for nursing programs, non-majors microbiology, allied health, and public health programs, Krasner’s Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Fourth Edition is user-friendly, dynamic, and humorous. Its conversational style is certain to engage students and enhance their understanding of the ongoing interactions between microbes and their human hosts.