[BOOK REVIEW]: MICROBIOLOGY Edited By Prof. Boaz Adegboro.

MICROBIOLOGY edited by Boaz Adegboro,  Ibadan University Publishing House, 2010.

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Foreword by: Prof. Oyewale Tomori.

Microbiology, like every other area of science, is a rapidly developing and changing field. Unfortunately, science education in Nigeria has lagged far behind. One of the major reasons for the backwardness and unpopularity of science education in Nigeria is the absence of appropriate incentive for popularizing and studying science at every level of education from the primary through to the tertiary level. One of the results of this national neglect of science and science education is the failure of Nigeria to develop technologically.

Nigeria in her disdain for laying a sound scientific foundation for technological development and societal transformation, has a penchant for acquiring technologies developed by other nations, while remaining incapable of solving her own local and peculiar problems.

Nigeria needs a focus on relevant research that will produce results whose application will provide solutions to the development of Nigeria. The foundation for building and sustaining relevant local research capacity begins with the availability of appropriate science text books and reading materials for students at the different education levels.

The writing of such books as Microbiology, edited by Boaz Adegboro, for tertiary institutions, is one of the steps, amongst others, that must be taken to achieve this objective.

The book of forty five (45) chapters and two indexes covers a wide area of the subject of microbiology, under two major sections, in different chapters.

There is the general microbiology section, which begins with an introduction to microbiology, and includes such issues as biosafety in the laboratory, laboratory management, sterilization and disinfection, factors affecting virulence of microbes, antibiotics and chemotherapy and immunology of infections. In addressing a specific genus, the authors provided up to date theoretical and practical information on the classification, epidemiology, laboratory and cultural characteristics, pathogenicity, clinical spectrum and diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

An important section of the book is the synopsis of rapid diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases contained in Appendix 1. The writing style lends the book to easy reading and understanding, while the numerous diagrams and plates will ensure that it is not a boring, but an attractive text to read.

Professor Adegboro has brought together thirteen (13) microbiologists, who are seasoned teachers and experienced field workers in tertiary institutions to write the book. They have brought their distinctly rich and relevant experience to produce a textbook that has filled the yawning void of Science textbooks for the University. Professor Adegboro and his team must be congratulated for producing such a valuable textbook for science and medical students in our tertiary institutions. It must be stressed that preparations for the second edition must begin immediately. It is hoped the second edition will provide as much depth and scope to the areas of Virology and Parasitology, absent in the first edition.

Oyewale Tomori, PhD. is a Professor of Virology, Former Vice Chancellor, Redeemer’s University, Redeemer’s Camp, Lagos, Nigeria.

Contact: Joseph Ogunwale, Email: [email protected] Tel 08060174363

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