- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141655727X
- ASIN: B0048ELEUO
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 23, 2010
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Via several real-life firsthand accounts, public-health journalist McKenna lays bare, often all too graphically, the ravages of a disease with the potential to do grievous international harm because there is virtually no known treatment for it. Although humans and staphylococci have been close travelling companions virtually forever, and those pesky germs occasionally make our travels difficult, once upon a time scientists believed they had discovered the key to stifling staph infections forever: antibiotics. Case closed. But not so fast. There is a particularly feisty, methicillin-resistant strain, staphylococcus aureus, aka MRSA, that apparently has plans to outlast and outlive by outsmarting just about every known antibiotic thrown at it. First thought to reside solely within the walls of hospitals and to affect those with severely compromised immune systems, MRSA surreptitiously evolved a street persona. With the bacteria’s quick-changing, deadly brothers lurking in hospitals, gyms, and locker rooms, experts at the epicenter of research report that the hunt for a vaccine may be a last-ditch strategy to fend off a wily predator. --Donna Chavez
“Like a modern-day Rachel Carson, Maryn McKenna sounds a powerful alarm about the insurgency of a deadly infection lurking in our schools, our gyms and even our food. Antibiotics are losing their life-saving powers because of our injudicious use that has helped spawn these increasingly invincible pathogens. By connecting the dots, Superbug may give us the early warning we need to prevent an uncontrollable epidemic.”
- Shelley A. Hearne, DrPH, Managing Director, Pew Health Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts
“Maryn McKenna tracks the harrowing biography of MRSA with all the skills of a first-rate investigative journalist. Superbug reads like a thriller and is presented in a nuanced and eloquent prose that is as infectious as the microbe it details.”
-Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, The University of Michigan; author of When Germs Travel
“Maryn McKenna combines her talent for remarkable storytelling with compellingly detailed, breathtaking science writing. A first-rate work!”
- Paul Offit, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; author of Autism’s False Prophets
“A well described and documented narrative of an important emerging infectious disease which goes behind the tabloid headlines to show the tragedy and toll of a frightening illness and a public health challenge.”
- Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, Vice President for Global Health and Director of the Emory Global Health Institute, Emory University, former Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Superbug is essential reading for anyone going to the hospital or working in healthcare. Too often even top doctors dismiss the threat, saying ‘the germs are everywhere.’ Patients and medical professionals should read this book and take its lessons seriously.”
- Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., Founder, Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths
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This book is my go-to "bible." Through reading this I now feel as if I have a Ph.D in the subject of staph infections. It's amazing how many doctors and nurses know very little about this subject. Amazing and frightening.
Thank you Ms.McKenna! Your book has been more of a comfort to me than you will ever know!!