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The fourth edition of "Textbook of Microbiology and Immunology" is an extensively revised edition, a healthy mixture of the old and the new contents. Many of the old traditional chapters have been retained with addition of new information along with the inclusion of new chapters more in line with the on-going changes in the syllabus and concepts in Medical Microbiology .While doing so, this book has blended the traditional organism-based learning and a syndrome based approach to infectious disease, together with the introduction of new and modified chapters incorporating the latest information in this field. The book provides an extensive coverage of fundamental topics in general and medical microbiology. The book also lays due emphasis on clinical microbiology with special focus on syndrome based approach to infectious diseases. It includes the basic concepts of microbiology as well as the recent updates and developments in the field of medical microbiology. All the topics have been incorporated in seven major sections: General microbiology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, and Applied and Clinical Microbiology. The dynamic nature of medical sciences with new guidelines and new diagnostic methods coming into the arena necessitates the incorporation of new information in each new edition of a book. This facet has been addressed with the inclusion of recent information on the various aspects of microbiology, infectious diseases and immunology, in the fourth edition of the Textbook of Microbiology and Immunology, which makes it one of the most authoritative and informative textbooks in medical microbiology.
The book is an effort to inform and engage a wide spectrum of readers including medical students, both undergraduates and postgraduates, and residents, and faculty. It aims to be a must-have companion book for graduate and advanced undergraduate as well as postgraduate students of medical microbiology, general and allied microbiology, and of immunology.
About the Author
Dr Subhash Chandra Parija MBBS, MD, PhD, DSc, FRCPath, FAMS, FICAI, FABMS, FIMSA, FISCD, FIAAVP, FIATP, FICPath is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Shri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. He was the former Director and also Dean (Research) of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. He obtained MBBS (1977) fromUtkal University, Cuttack; MD (Microbiology) (1981) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi; PhD (Microbiology)(1987); from University of Madras, Chennai .He is one of the very few Medical Microbiologists of India to be conferred DSc (Microbiology), highest degree in research, for his contribution in the field of Medical Parasitology by University of Madras, Chennai. Prof Parija was conferred with the Distinguished BHU Alumnus Award in the field of Medical sciences.Prof.Parija has nearly four decades of teaching and research experience, contributing mainly in infectious diseases, especially parasitology, diagnostics and public health. He is actively involved in conducting research programs on immunology, epidemiology and simple, cost effective diagnostic tests for parasitic diseases in the community and low resource settings.Prof.Parija, author of more than 400 research papers, has supervised more than 85 PhD, MD and other postgraduate theses as supervisor and co-supervisor; has 23 copy rights, I patent granted and another 1 patent published; and transferred one technology in commercialisation of a product. He has authored /edited 16 books including most popular "Textbook of Medical Parasitology", and the most recent "Effective Medical Communication, The A, B, C, D, E of it"; published by Springer.Prof.Parija is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London; and International Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is also a Fellow of many professional bodies of eminence such as the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; the Indian College of Pathologists, New Delhi; the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, Pondicherry and many others. In recognition of his immense contributions in research in parasitic diseases, Prof Parija has been honoured with more than 26 awards both international and national such as Dr BC Roy National Award of the Medical Council of India, BPKIHS Internal Oration Award, Dr R.V. Rajam Oration Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Distinguished BHU Alumni Award of the Banaras Hindu University, Dr. SC Agarwal Oration Award of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Dr BP Pandey Memorial Oration Award of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, etc.Among others, Prof Parija founded the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, launched a Scientific Journal Tropical Parasitology, initiated a quality assurance programme in diagnostic parasitology, also founded Health & Intellectual property Rights Academy to promote Intellectual Property Rights activities in Health Sciences; and mentored students both undergraduate, postgraduates, PhD scholars and young faculty to peruse their interest and carrier in parasitic diseases of public health importance.The current areas of his interest include E-governance, Integration of communication technology in medical healthcare and medical education including effective medical communication.