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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
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Valerie Edwards-Jones

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716006.003.0001
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date: 25 May 2022

Microbiology is the study of microscopic living cells and although microorganisms can be harmful to a range of hosts, they can also be used in the production of food and beverages, cleaning toxic waste, and a range of biological processes. Understanding how microorganisms grow and evade the immune system in humans can help understand acute wound infection and recent knowledge of the role of biofilms has led to a further comprehension of the chronic wound. Understanding the pathogenicity of a microorganism is essential and can help in decisions on appropriate treatment strategies. This chapter is an introduction to the microbiology of wound care and also introduces some fundamental points with regards to the immune system and how a microorganism can evade this complex structure.

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