A clinically focused, no nonsense pocket book to the key elements of microbiology and infection. A must have guide to stop common and often unnecessary mistakes that occur in everyday medicine and antibiotic prescribing. The author qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 1997 and gained his background knowledge from jobs in medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine and paediatrics. After 5 years of specialist training he gained his CCT in Microbiology in 2006. Now as a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist in an NHS hospital in the UK, he spends his days diagnosing, treating and managing infections. It is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a lack of knowledge about microbiology and infections amongst doctors. Through a series of clinical teaching sessions for medical students and junior doctors on “key concepts of microbiology and infection”, the need for a clinically orientated microbiology book became obvious. Having been asked repeatedly, which book should students read to learn more, he had to admit that he did know of one? The student’s feedback was direct...get on and write one! This book and the accompanying website are an attempt to rectify the lack of clinically orientated information on microbiology.