Medical Bacteriology Resource Page

Those in the field of medical bacteriology study the effect bacteria have on human anatomy. This branch of medicine falls into the broad category of microbiology. Microbiology is the study microorganisms, which include bacteria. Detection and identification of bacterial pathogens, antibiotic resistance, immunity to bacterial infection, characteristics, and mechanisms of bacteria are the cornerstones of medical bacteriology.

Bacteria Basics

  • Introduction to Bacteria: A look at the history of bacteria including the systematics and morphology of bacteria.
  • The Prokaryotes: A definitive source on the biology of bacteria.
  • Bacteria Cell Structure: A descriptive depiction of the structure of bacteria.
  • Bacteria: The basics of the ecology bacteria.
  • Bacterial Genetics: In this PDF format the genetics of bacteria are broken down by structure and function.
  • Bacteria in Nature : A brief description of the uses and effects of bacteria in nature.
  • Bacteria: A detailed explanation on the history, types, and functions of bacteria.

Good vs. Bad Bacteria

  • Useful Bacteria: A 1966 nature bulletin explaining the usefulness of bacteria.
  • Bad Bacteria: This article explicitly defines what makes bad bacteria bad and the causes of this type of bacteria.
  • Invisible Intruders: An interactive lesson identifying good or bad bacteria
  • Harmful Bacteria: A chart listing seven harmful bacteria including definitions, habitats, where it’s found, and removal possibilities.
  • Not Enough Bacteria: A concise article exploring the absence of bacteria in foods and the effect that the lack of bacteria may have on health.
  • Friendly Bacteria: Researchers probe whether are not good bacteria is enough for a maintaining good health.
  • Medical College of Georgia News: A news article at the Medical College of Georgia takes note of the benefits of good bacteria.

Bacterial Pathogenicity & Host Defenses

  • Bacterial Pathogenicity:  Dr.T.M. Wassenaar provides insight for recognizing strategies to stall bacteria in building defenses from the diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria.
  • Bacteriology: An online microbiology and immunology textbook with chapter 10 focusing on common characteristics of bacterial pathogenesis.
  • Pathogenicity Relationships: An outline of the structure and function of Pathogenicity relationships.
  • Host-Pathogen: The American Society for Cell Biology study on host and pathogen interaction.
  • Host Interaction: A review of host interaction between virulence and pathogenicity.
  • Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis: This article explores how some vaccines do not affect bacterial pathogenesis agents within the host.

Clinically Important Bacteria

Bacterial Infections

Diagnosing Bacterial Infections

Antibiotics and Treating Bacterial Infections

  • Antibiotics: A brief explanation of what antibiotics are and what they are used for.
  • Molecular Expressions: Medically defines and categorizes several types of antibiotics with an artistic visual.
  • Bacteria & Antibiotics: Common questions about bacteria and antibiotics answered.
  • Combating Antibiotic Resistance: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hope to eliminate improper use of antibiotics with educating consumers and health care providers.
  • Antibiotic Resistance: The American College of Physicians addresses the global problem of antibiotic resistance with preventive information.
  • Infectious Diseases: The Infectious Diseases Society of America’s practice guidelines for treating bacterial cystitis.