Moseley, Steve L. Department of Microbiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
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The study of bacteria that cause human disease. The field of medical bacteriology encompasses the detection and identification of bacterial pathogens (Fig. 1), the determination of the sensitivity and mechanisms of resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, the mechanisms of virulence, and some aspects of immunity to infection. See also: Bacteria; Bacterial physiology and metabolism; Bacteriology; Disease; Immunity; Infection; Microbiology; Pathogen; Virulence
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