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Medical Microbiology Questions

Medical Microbiology Questions
This "Question of the Day" listserv originated out of an effort to aid clinical microbiology fellows in their preparation for the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) board exam. The list of subscribers has since evolved beyond microbiology fellows to include pathology residents and fellows, infectious disease fellows and faculty members in various disciplines. Questions are designed to address all areas of medical microbiology with the hope that they will provide continuing education and support board preparation, be it the ABMM, clinical pathology or infectious diseases.
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Cystic Fibrosis Pathogens
A Clinical Microbiology Reviews article on microbial infection and adaptation in cystic fibrosis.

What Happened to the Streptococci: Overview of Taxonomic and Nomenclature Changes
A 2002 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article presents a combination of conventional tests and specific chromogenic tests as suggested by several investigators.
R. Facklam
Clin. Microbio. Rev. October 2002 15: 613-630
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The Life and Times of the Enterococcus
An article published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews in 1990 about Enterococci which are important human pathogens that are increasingly resistant to antimicrobial agents.
B.E. Murray
Clin. Microbiol. Rev. January 1990 3: 46-65
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Blood Cultures

Updated Review of Blood Culture Contamination 
An overview of blood culture contamination and the potential utility of a variety of approaches to improve both detection and prevention is discussed in this 2006 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article.
K.K. Hall and J.A. Lyman
Clin. Microbiol. Review October 2006 19: 788-802
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Respiratory Cultures

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
This 2006 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article reviews the literature with regard to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It provides conclusions that can be implemented in practice as well as an algorithm for the bedside clinicial and also focuses on the controversies with regard to diagnostic tools and appraoches, treatment plans, and prevention strategies.
S.M. Koenig and J.D. Truwit
Clin. Microbiol. Rev. October 2006 19: 637-657
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