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A comprehensive and updated volume for the clinical virologist
For over 20 years this manual has remained the definitive source of the latest information and procedures for the physician and the clinical laboratory virologist. This fourth edition includes 34 chapters and two appendices, each thoroughly revised and updated by noted experts. These updates address the modernization of clinical virology and new developments in the field, with a strong emphasis on molecular diagnostics. Importantly, this new edition includes material on several recently described viruses including human metapneumovirus, West Nile virus, bocaviruses, and newer influenza viruses and adenoviruses, plus a broadened focus on papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses.
Divided into two sections, this volume presents essential information for clinicians and laboratory virologists alike. Section I details laboratory procedures for detecting and handling viruses, from specimen requirements and quality assurance to virus detection and identification, from the fundamentals through the latest molecular methods. Section II presents the most current knowledge on the wide range of specific viral pathogens. Finally, two appendices provide valuable and up-to-date information on services provided by federal and state public health virology laboratories.
· Thoroughly revised and updated manual
· Includes the most up-to-date descriptions of modern viral diagnostics by leading experts in the field
· Brings together the latest material in clinical virology
· Updates emphasize the advances in molecular diagnostics
· Provides a thorough examination of specific viral pathogens