Invincible Microbe

Invincible Microbe

Tuberculosis and the Never-ending Search for A Cure

Book - 2012
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This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years:
tuberculosis. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes
TB was identified, and the cure was thought to be within reach--but drug-resistant
varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The "biography" of this deadly
germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time,
and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent
among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative.
Bibliography, source notes, index.
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780618535743
Branch Call Number: j 616.995 MURPHY J
Characteristics: 149 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blank, Alison


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Tuberculosis has been humankind’s constant companion for centuries, killing almost everyone it infected. Doctors thought it had been defeated in the 1950’s, but it is now coming back stronger than ever. lllus. with photos.

Jan 04, 2013

According to the WHO, one third of the human beings on this planet have a tuberculosis infection, and over 50% can die if left untreated. This book is a great overview of the history, biology and current extent of a disease the public needs to be more aware of. The writing is very approachable, even for kids or for people with no scientific background. Highly recommended.


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