This book is a DELIGHT! Seriously one of the best books I have ever read. The relatively complex subject is so well explained & illustrated that with one single reading, you basically retain almost all of the information, for a really long time! What's more, it's so much fun to read (and I'm not usually a microbiology fan!) that you can just read on for hours without needing a break. It explains most of what we were thought in med school microbio classes so that anyone could understand it. The illustrations, mnemonics & jokes add to the fun (yes, fun!). If you're looking for something very in depth, this is probably not it. However, if you want to know all of the basics & remember them forever, by all means, get this book! The impact it can have on anxiety & feelings of overwhelmingness is amazing.
Now if only they could make similar books for all we need to learn in med school... that would be the life!