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Bailey and Scotts Diagnostic Microbiology 14th Edition attests to the continued need for a comprehensive and functional publication to guide students and practitioners through the ever-chang- ing field of dinical microbiology. Through seven decades, the many revisions of the original, concise laboratory manual, Methods for Diagnostic Bacteriology, by Isabelle G. Schaub and M. Kathleen Foley, have been mandatory additions to personal and laboratory bookshelves. The classic Bailey and Scott series grew from the efforts of Elvyn G. Scott and W. Robert Bailey, who joined Schaub and Foley for their fifth edition. Since then, a succession of authors has undertaken the increasingly daunting task of updating and expanding this work while adding the areas of parasitology, mycology, virology, and mole- cular diagnosis- disciplines now considered integral to the dinical microbiology laboratory.
The challenges that confront dinical microbiolo- gists in this first part of the twenty-first century could not have beeD foreseen by the authors of the original text. They wcre not charged with the need to balance fiscal restraint with increasing demands for conduct- ing expensive, albeit more rapid, automated and molecular diagnostic tests. Nor was vigilance for acts of bioterrorism (inflicted even in the earliest centuries of civilization) of everyday concern to them. In the absence of antimicrobial therapy, there was no need for these pioneers to follow strict criteria for performing antimicrobial susceptibility tests in the face of a growing number of antimicrobial agents active against an increas- ing number of potential patlhogens, many of which formerly were considered normal lora. The original authors were unaware of the opportunistic infections of patients with AIDS and other immune-compromising conditions and the emerging and reemerging infectious diseases that have arisen, often as the consequence ongoing political and social upheavals. The specter of antimicrobial agent-resistant microorganisms. with their expanding repertoire of resistance factors, had not yet appeared. To our benefit, however, the present advances in molecular techniques have permitted a better under- standing of antimicrobial agent resistance factors and the relationships among certain groups of microorgan- isms, so that we can better control them and define their role in specific disease syndromes. These molecular advances have also given rise to highly specific methods for microbial identification and in some cases, methods for their direct detection in clinical specimens, even when thay cannot be cultivated in vitro.