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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
 

A New York Times bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs --

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ISBN 9780735217508
Barcode 9780735217508
Published 21 May 2019 by Avery Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By McCarthy, Matt
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ISBN-13 9780735217508
ISBN-10 0735217505
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Avery Publishing Group
Imprint Avery Publishing Group
Publication Date 21 May 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCarthy, Matt
Category Medical Research
History Of Medicine
Clinical & Internal Medicine
Infectious & Contagious Diseases
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 493g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Drug resistance in microorganisms, Bacteria, Antibiotics - Research, MEDICAL / History, MEDICAL / Research
NBS Text Medicine: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.9041
Catalogue Code 985892

Description of this Book

A New York Times bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability. We also meet the patients whose lives are hanging in the balance, from Remy, a teenager with a dangerous and rare infection, to Donny, a retired New York City firefighter with a compromised immune system, and many more. The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review There might not be another author who so fluidly combines a world-class doctor and researcher's knowledge and experience with a memoirist's sensibility. Matt McCarthy is Siddhartha Mukherjee and David Sedaris rolled into one. Who else but McCarthy could write a dispatch from the front lines of the secret fight for the future of the human race that is not just gripping and illuminating, but also poignant and funny? --Ben Reiter, New York Times bestselling author of Astroball

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Author's Bio

MATT MCCARTHY is the author of two national bestsellers, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly and Odd Man Out. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves on the Ethics Committee. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin. He reviews nonfiction for USA Today and is editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.

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