The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir Hardcover – Illustrated, 13 Jun. 2019
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- ISBN-10 : 0316418080
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316418089
- Dimensions : 16.13 x 3.94 x 23.62 cm
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- Publisher : Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (13 Jun. 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 152,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Goodreads Choice Awards, Semifinalist (Science & Technology)
STAT News, "Best Health and Science Books to Read This Summer"---
"...A memoir that reads like a thriller."--New York Times Book Review
"The Perfect Predator may be the best and most important book I've ever read... [A] personal and moving odyssey."--Louis R. Franzini, The Florida-Times Union
"The Perfect Predator is a compelling and heart-wrenching medical drama that would be completely unbelievable - if it weren't 100% true! Strathdee and Patterson masterfully weave together the personal, medical, and scientific strands of their battle against one of the world's worst superbugs, bringing not just Patterson, but a century-old medical technology back from the brink of death. This first-hand account of the front lines of the battle against the scourge of antimicrobial resistance underscores the human cost underlying the bland statistics."--Rob Knight, PhD, Director, Center for Microbiome Innovation, University of California San Diego and author of Follow Your Gut and Dirt Is Good, -
"[A] gripping and intriguing medical thriller...This page-turner of a couple's determination to survive also serves as a dire warning regarding the consequences of the overuse of antibiotics."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[A] medical thriller for the antibiotic-resistant age."--Smithsonian
"[A] real page-turner."--Science News
"[A] riveting tale...The saga reads like a thriller....Remarkable passages from Patterson [describe] how he interpreted events through veils of feverish delirium, pain-killer fog, and coma."--Laurie Garrett, The Lancet
"[Tom's case is a] case that may mark a turning point in medicine."--American Association of Medical Colleges Newsletter
"A fascinating and terrifying peek into the devastating outcomes of antibiotic misuse -- and what happens when standard health care falls short."--Scientific American
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This book describes an unbelievably stressful and challenging journey from the trip abroad where Tom first became ill to a life saving novel treatment many months later when many had given up hope.
I have always been amazed by what people can survive when they maintain the will to live and others are fighting on their behalf too.
Whilst this book is an emotional journey describing a life saved the success of the treatment used has implications for the wider population and underlines the benefits a significant investment in research and clinical trials using bacteriophage therapy could bring.
As the author integrates straighforward explanations of medical terminology into to the book as and where required I would recommend it to lay people as well as other healthcare professionals
It covers the entire story in interesting and compelling detail.
Every one should at least be aware.
So as far as I’m concerned this story reads like a really great thriller and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s well written, fast moving with just the right amount of medical detail and explanation of the more obscure terms and procedures. You won’t need a medical or nursing qualification to enjoy this story.
... and I’m so glad Tom survived his ordeal.