Historical introduction / A.P. Fraise -- Types of antimicrobial agents / S. Moore and D.N. Payne -- Factors influencing the efficacy of antimicrobial agents / A.D. Russell -- Biofilms and antimicrobial resistance / P. Gilbert, A.H. Rickard and A.J. McBain -- Mechanisms of action of biocides / P.A. Lambert -- Bacterial sensitivity and resistance, Intrinsic resistance of gram-negative bacteria / D.J. Stickler -- Acquired resistance / K. Poole -- Resistance of bacterial spores to chemical agents / P.A. Lambert -- Mycobactericidal agents / P. Hawkey -- Antifungal activity of disinfectants, Antifungal activity of biocides / J-Y Maillard.
Evaluation of the antibacterial and antifungal activity of disinfectants / G. Reybrouck -- Sensitivity of protozoa to disinfectants, Acanthamoeba, contact lenses and disinfection / N.A. Turner -- Intestinal protozoa and biocides / J-Y Maillard -- Viricidal activity of biocides / J-Y Maillard -- Transmissible degenerative encephalopathies, Inactivation of the unconventional causal agents / D. Taylor -- Evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy / R.J.W. Lambert -- Sterilization, Heat sterilization / G.W. Gould -- Radiation sterilization / P.A. Lambert -- Gaseous sterilisation / J-Y Dusseau, P. Duroselle and J. Freney -- Filtration sterilization / S.P. Denyer and N.A. Hodges.
New and emerging technologies / G.W. Gould -- Preservation of medicines and cosmetics / S.J. Hiom -- Re-use of single use devices / G.W. Hanlon -- Sterility assurance, concepts, methods and problems / R. Baird -- Special problems in hospital antisepsis / M. Rotter -- Decontamination of the environment and medical equipment in hospitals / A.P. Fraise -- Treatment of laundry and clinical waste in hospitals / C.R. Bradley -- Other health-related issues, Special issues in dentistry / J. Bagg and A. Smith -- Veterinary practice / D.A. Engvall -- Recreational and hydrotherapy pools / J. Dadswell -- Good manufacturing practice / E. Underwood.