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Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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However, this book is mostly a rehash of the well-trodden ground of tuberculosis and its place in past and current events and it is well aimed at students. There are plentiful illustrations--good ones, and the text is well written and easy to understand.
The book includes updates such as Direct Observation Therapy (you have to watch the patient take the meds, because if they stop, you end up with a potentially resistant TB microbe proliferating) and discussion of resistant strains, which are on the rise and a real health problem. TB is still a major cause of death in many parts of the world. There is also a discussion of the role of immigrants in the fear of disease and how it pertains to today's immigration dilemma, comparing those who came through Ellis Island and the fear and discrimination they face (though Ellis Island sought to refuse entry to patently ill applicants for immigration) and compares the fear that the public had against new immigrants, a form of xenophobia to today's controversy about illegal aliens. There is an intimation that the prejudice against immigrants and illegal aliens today an identical issue; a fear of disease.Read more ›
I own and have read several of Jim Murphy's books and appreciate that he writes detailed nonfiction books that educate deeply (and do not dumb down the content), that he can write in an engaging, non-boring style and that he does NOT use a patronizing tone. I also like that he sometimes chooses to write about topics that have been ignored by the children's publishing industry (like TB).
Murphy writes deeply on topics and some may even ask, "Do kids really want to know all this detail. Do they care?" and "Who is reading these books really"? This book is marketed to children aged 9-12. This is Murphy's first writing partnership with his wife Alison Blank who writes and edits children's publications. I noticed a difference in the writing style of this collaborative work. I got a sense that the writing was a bit watered down in the beginning of the book. However at other parts I thought maybe not enough was done to bring this down to the level of the age of the readers. Even a labeled gifted student or any bright kid at age 9 or 10 may not know the terms disingenuous or grudgingly, to name just two. Other times large or uncommon words are used when I felt the writing could have explained things a bit more or another word could have been selected. I was torn about the book, thinking sometimes it was "just right", sometimes it was a bit easier to read or simplified more than necessary yet other times it was talking over a 9-12 year Old's head.Read more ›
a disease that unfortunately is still present today. And I feel the book was extremely informative with a lot of good facts plus it is such an easy read. I loved it!
Also included are the many ways those suffering from Tuberculosis, also known as Consumption, sought cures. Details of the important advances made in medicine are unveiled, including the discovery of important antibiotics and drug therapies. Unfortunately, even in the year 2012, there is no cure for Tuberculosis, and it still rages unchecked in many nations of the world.
Murphy and Blank’s interesting and informative work will help students in both elementary and middle schools to better understand the disease, and the roles they can play in keeping it at bay.
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