Cases in Clinical Microbiology


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Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, which are unicellular or cell-cluster microscopic organisms. This includes eukaryotes such as fungi and protists, and prokaryotes, which are bacteria and archaea. Viruses, though not strictly classed as living organisms, are also studied. In short; microbiology refers to the study of life and organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Microbiology is a broad term which includes virology, mycology, parasitology, bacteriology and other branches.

Microbiology is researched actively, and the field is advancing continually. We have probably only studied about one percent of all of the microbe species on Earth. Although microbes were first observed over three hundred years ago, the field of microbiology can be said to be in its infancy relative to older biological disciplines such as zoology and botany.

Author(s): Professor N. Cary EnglebergView Details of Author
Year: 2009
Keywords: microbiology, pathogens, diagnostic tests, microbial antigens. pcr
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Cases in Clinical Microbiology

This programme has been made for 3rd-year medical students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.


It is recommended that you review the cases for each lecture either before or immediately after attending the lecture.


    -- Reviewing the materials before the lecture will allow you to consider what scientific questions about the pathogens of interest are important for clinical practice. Then, when you attend the lecture, make sure that the issues addressed in the thought questions are answered. If not, either ask the the lecturer to clarify these points or research the answers on-line, in a textbook, or by direct inquiry with one of your teachers.

    -- If you prefer to review the materials after the lecture, Your review should allow you to put the theoretical information that has been presented into a useful clinical context retrospectively.

• Read the thought questions at the end of each case. (N.B. the answers to these questions are not provided.) 


Watch the Introductory video
Watch the introductory video





This programme has been devised as a supplement to the current course in Microbiology (taught as part of Human Biology III). The purpose is to provide additional clinical context to the basic scientific content of the course.

The cases are followed by a few thought questions that serve to connect what you learn about the microbiology of the pathogens in each lecture with the clinical manifestations or management of the disease or diseases that they cause.


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Professor N. Cary Engleberg, M.D.

Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology,

University of Michigan Medical School

Visiting Professor, KNUST


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Professor Yaw Adu-Sakordie
Head, Department of Clinical Microbiology,
School of Medical Sciences/KNUST



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Technical Suport

Veronica B. Owusu-Afriyie
Media Specialist,
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital







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