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Vibrio cholerae: genomics and molecular biology
  1. Paul Kelly
  1. Dr P Kelly, Adult and Paediatric Gastroenterology, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Turner Street, London E1 2AD; m.p.kelly{at}

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Edited by Shah Faruque, Balakrish Nair. Published by Caister Press 2008 pp 213, £150. 978 1 904455 33 2

I suspect that anyone who has treated a patient with full-blown cholera develops a deep respect for a really remarkable pathogen, and that is certainly true for me. The first patient I treated, almost two decades ago, received 43 litres of saline and looked well on it (well, relatively), so I have always been interested in this extraordinary disease. Vibrio cholerae is a very successful pathogen from every point of view, so this book grabbed my attention right away. The book sets out to describe the molecular pathways which confer on V cholerae its remarkable success, and it may interest not just microbiologists but anyone interested in the interactions of host and pathogen, and indeed anyone with a desire to learn more about the current state of the art in understanding infectious disease.

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