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12 Book reviews - INTERNATL MICROBIOL(2000 3:129134...

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129 Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 9th ed M ICHAEL E. M ADIGAN , J OHN M. M ARTINKO , J ACK P ARKER 2000. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 992 pp, 28 × 22 cm Price: US$ 70.00 ISBN: 0-13-081922-0 The first edition of Biology of microorganisms (BOM), by Thomas D. Brock, was published in 1970. It was a textbook for introductory courses on microbiology, but it was not “another” textbook on the subject. Its novelty lay in the approach given by Brock by emphasizing the functional, ecological, evolutionary relationships of microorganisms and the activities of interests to humans that microbes undertake. I had the privilege of “discovering” and translating into Spanish ( Biología de los microorganismos , Ed. Omega, Barcelona, 1973) that first edition of by then so “obscure” textbook, just after finishing my Ph.D. Although previously Brock himself had published Milestones in Microbiology (editor, 1961), Microbial Ecology (1966) and many significant scientific papers and reviews, he was practically unknown in Spain, not to mention the subject of that book. In Microbial Ecology ’s preface, Brock wrote: “the field of microbiology has undergone revolutionary changes in recent years due to the impact of new developments in cell and molecular biology. Microbes make excellent research tools for the study of many fundamental biological problems, and work along these lines is now being vigorously pursued. […] The task of microbial ecology is to provide an understanding of the place of microorganisms in nature and in human society. In the past, microbial ecology has been fragmented into a number of subfields, such as soil microbiology, food microbiology, marine microbiology, medical microbiology, etc. I believe it is now possible, and desirable, to integrate these fields…” Since the 4th edition of BOM (1984), other authors joined Brock in his venture, and in the 8th and 9th editions he passed the torch to Madigan, Martinko and Parker, co-authors in the 7th edition, sure that they would maintain the authority, clarity and wide coverage which were characteristic of the book. Although Brock’s name was no longer among the authors, it was incorporated to the title, and is now definitely linked to the textbook. Each new edition of the BOM / BBOM has been thoroughly revised and updated following the pace of microbiological advances. Although BBOM covers different fields of applied microbiology, emphasizing topics such as medical microbiology and biotechnology, microorganisms have always been the main characters of the book, not for what they do, but for what they are. Some changes in the two latest editions as well as the new organization of the 9th edition follow the recommendations of the Education Division of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for teaching introductory courses. Setting up a companion website was an innovation of the 8th edition of BBOM, which turned out to be a most helpful pedagogical aid. This website
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12 Book reviews - INTERNATL MICROBIOL(2000 3:129134...

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