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Jawetz, Melnick, and Adelberg's Medical Microbiology
(LANGE Basic Science)
Geo. Brooks, Karen C. Carroll, Janet Butel, and Stephen Morse
ISBN-10: 0071624961
ISBN-13: 978-0071624961
McGraw-Hill Medical

Linking fundamental principles with the diagnosis and treatment of microbial infections, this classic text delivers an essential overview of the roles microorganisms play in human health and illness. In addition to the brief descriptions of the organisms, you'll find vital perspectives on pathogenesis, diagnostic laboratory tests, clinical findings, treatment, and epidemiology. The book introduces you to basic clinical microbiology through the fields of bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology, giving you a far-reaching yet student-friendly review of the discipline. All chapters have been extensively revised to reflect the tremendous expansion of medical knowledge afforded by molecular mechanisms, advances in our understanding of microbial pathogenesis, and the discovery of unusual pathogens.


  • NEW full-color presentation

  • 500+ USMLE-style review questions

  • 300+ informative tables and illustrations, each designed to clarify and reinforce important chapter concepts

  • Coverage that reflects the latest techniques in laboratory and diagnostic technologies



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Glitz in the Garden. Consider man’s attempt to conquer nature within the landscape as a symbol for wealth and power. Specific oppulent civilizations  provide many examples throughout recorded history – as punctuated by Hadrian’s Villa, Versailles, and Hearst Castle.

Garrett Eckbo- “As social inequieties become more complex, those who have more than the average, and more than they need, tend to express or flaunt such surpluses…. For the common man, dish gardens, patios or suburban backyards may provide symbols of memories of the paradise of the rich.”

From the Telegraph, here is this morning’s article on this year's 20 million pound show garden, the most expensive in the history of “The Great Show”.  (Interestingly, this comes after complaints at last years show that Chelsea had scaled back, reflective of the global recession.)

“David Domoney's design is the most expensive in the event's 97 year history.
The Ace of Diamonds garden will be littered with jewels loaned by Bond Street store Leviev. The garden celebrates the links between plants and precious stones and its centrepiece will be diamond jewellery worth millions that will require unprecedented security.
It will boast a £1 million peony-shaped ring with pink and green diamonds and a daisy-shaped ring set with a rare, flawless blue diamond worth £3.2 million.
Domoney, who formerly appeared on ITV's This Morning, also hopes to include an even more valuable uncut diamond in his elaborate, outdoor display.
The garden will be worth more than all Chelsea's other collections put together when the Royal Horticulture Society's annual showpiece begins on May 25.
Many of the plants being used by Domoney have gemstones in their names such as euonymous emerald gaiety, potentilla gold finger and hosta diamond tiara.
A looping path of stepping stones leads to a central, diamond-shaped patio. When viewed from above, it is said to look like a pendant necklace.
The garden will boast Chiltern marble, Roman plinths and backlit walls with semi-precious stones such as quartz and amethyst.
The gems will be on display for the gardens launch and the duration of the judging.  Domoney, who has previously suggested using cheap viagra to perk up wilting plants, said: "I always endeavour to introduce something a little bit more entertaining and this garden is something really special.
"I am aiming to give the garden a real James Bond-style feel.
"There will be more bling on display than on Paris Hilton.
"But we will be asking the judges to think of Helen Mirren for a touch of class.
"It's high end and extreme but with a strong horticultural message. Its a jewellery box garden. "This garden will be the most expensive that Chelsea has ever had or is ever likely to have.”
"It will be more valuable than all the rest of Chelsea collections from this year and last year combined." RHS shows director Bob Sweet said: "We are all very excited that this very valuable diamond will be sat on a table in David's outdoor garden.  "We have tight security at Chelsea anyway but something like this will require special attention, which it will definitely get."
Chelsea's world-famous show gardens typically cost no more than £250,000.
The Ace of Diamonds is the second of four Domoney gardens designed for airline sponsor BMI's Diamond Club, following on from last year's Ace of Spades.
For that, a Harley Davidson motorbike took pride of place in a large pit shaped like a giant ace of spades and lined with recycled garden spades.”
 Last years Ace of Spades garden. 

Forget chocolate: Saffron and ginseng spice up sex life,

                                                                Saffron an Aphrodisiac

It can be hard separating fact from fiction when searching for that special something to liberate the libido.

Researchers from the University of Guelph in southern Ontario have published a scientific review on the merits of various substances purported over the years to be aphrodisiacs.

Some of the winners that emerge include the spice saffron and the herbal supplement ginseng. Meanwhile, the merits of chocolate are seen as "debatable," while people are warned against some of the things used traditionally as aphrodisiacs, such as Spanish fly.

"I was not a believer in aphrodisiacs to begin with," said Guelph food science professor Massimo Marcone, who led the review. "After looking at [the research], I would have to say there is substantial information and scientific data to show that there are some -few -[substances] that actually can have an aphrodisiac type of property."

The review, published in the online edition of Food Research International, says that attempts have been made for thousands of years to access the aphrodisiac qualities of various substances.

It notes the current popularity of such drugs as Viagra and cialis to treat erectile dysfunction. Viagra and Cialis brought in $1.9 billion US and $1.7 billion US, respectively, last year for their parent companies, Pfizer Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co.

However, the research adds that these "synthetic" products can produce many side effects, such as headaches and muscle pain, on top of having potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs.

Marcone said he feels such drugs are overused and can be replaced, in many instances, with more natural substances.

"Even young people that have no problems with sexual activity are asking their doctors to give them [Viagra or Cialis], because they want some heightened effects," Marcone said.

"Some of them are mixing them with ecstasy. ... Mixing them both together is a very dangerous combination."

Saffron, a spice found in many Mediterranean recipes, was one of the ingredients this review found to have substantiated effects in enhancing sex drive and performance.

Marcone and John Melnyk, a master's student at Guelph, found studies that show saffron can be effective in treating erectile dysfunction, as well as lead to increased sexual desire and enhanced satisfaction.

Ginseng, or at least the panax variety found in Asia, was also found to help men deal with erectile dysfunction, and increase the sex drives and satisfaction levels among menopausal women.

Ginseng is often available as a supplement on drug counters, but can also be found in teas and soups.

Some studies have found chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, particularly for women. However, Marcone said the evidence available on this remains inconclusive.

"I would have to say at this point in time that the data I do see doesn't support [chocolate as an aphrodisiac], but it's getting pretty close to being supported," he said.

He noted that alcohol, in certain amounts, can facilitate sexual activity by reducing inhibitions, but greater quantities can hurt a person's physical ability to have sex.

The review warns against some substances used for centuries, such as Spanish fly and Bufo toad. While there is evidence these things can heighten sexual arousal, they are toxic to humans and can lead to serious illness or death in some cases, Marcone warned.