Books you can read:

Textbooks: These are the books that you should read as a baseline. There are options for choosing one book. For example, many of my colleagues read Greenwood but I read Patrick Murray.

Identification of Pathogenic Fungi

This is an expensive book. It was useful for me, especially for spotters and practical. You may want to search for a copy in your lab or library.

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-based Medicine and Healthcare

This is a to help you review the paper (part 2) and help with medical statistics.

Manual of Infection Prevention and Control
by Nizam Damani

Infection control book. You can read the policy document by searching google for NHS Trust guidelines. You need to supplement it with the national guidelines and PHE resources.

Tutorial Topics in Infection for the Combined Infection Training Programme

This book is written specifically for infection training. I like this book. It will give you an idea, what the practice like in the UK.

Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Flashcards, Third Edition (Lange Flashcards)

This is not written for FRCPath, but I found it useful in my preparation. This is more useful now as the questions are increasingly clinical.

Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Virology by James C. Hatcher Luke S. P. Moore

Excellent book with many MCQs, similar to what you expect in FRCPath examination.

Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases.

This is a reference book. I suggest, do not make it a textbook. Refer to this book when required and make a note of your findings.

Cowan and Steel’s Manual for the Identification of Medical Bacteria

Useful book but a little old now. If you want to know the properties of the criteria relevant to the laboratory, it should be in your inventory. However, you may want to search your laboratory for a copy to have a read. It is a reference book.

These are some additional microbiology books which I haven’t used for the examination or a little outdated now. They are good books. It is up to you if you want to use any of them for your preparation.

Clinical and Diagnostic Virology (Cambridge Clinical Guides)
by Goura Kudesia and Tim Wreghitt

Although I used this book, it is a little outdated now, in my opinion.

Microbiology Nuts & Bolts: Key Concepts of Microbiology & Infection

A very good companion/handbook for microbiology and any junior doctors. A popular book.
You can also check Dr Garner’s wonderful website

Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology 15E by Warren Levinson

I actually used this book to read immunology. However, you can get a lot of immunology from other textbooks.

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