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    Unique Introductory Microbiology Text Scores Big with Reviewers

    Posted by Lindsay White on Dec 23, 2015 1:36:31 PM

    Krasner3eLast spring we conducted a review of our unique microbiology textbook, The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Third Edition by (the late) Robert Krasner and Teri Shors. The text is unique in that it covers the core microbiology concepts for an introductory microbiology course through a public health lens. This makes it perfect for students already in or considering a pre-health professions major, students interested in public health, non-majors who would benefit from a focus on how microbiology impacts everyday life, and students at schools that push an interdisciplinary focus.

    In our review we sought feedback from instructors who are currently or have very recently used the text in their introductory microbiology course and instructors who have not adopted the current Third Edition. Overall, 11 of 12 reviewers using the Third Edition intend to continue using the book and already anticipate adopting the next edition.

    Specifically, instructors had this to say about the text’s unique approach to the subject:

    “It 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.”

    – Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior

    “Key strengths are the excellent writing and the introductory nature of the book…This 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

    “I reviewed a number of books before choosing this one for my epidemiology course.  [The] 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

    Learn more about best-selling The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Third Edition by visiting our site.

    Topics: microbiology, New Edition, Higher Education, Public Health, Review, review, Science

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