- Hardcover: 271 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (23 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141655727X
- ISBN-13: 978-1416557272
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,030,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA Hardcover – 23 Mar 2010
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“A gripping account of one of the most devastating infectious agents on the planet...A meticulously researched, frightening report on a deadly pathogen.” (Kirkus)
“[McKenna] has written a meticulously detailed account of MRSA… hits like a sledgehammer and outlines the past, present and future of the bacteria.” (The Washington Examiner)
“During her years as a reporter covering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Maryn McKenna grew accustomed to being called ‘Scary Disease Girl,’ the bearer of titillating tales of exotic ailments unlikely to affect most people. McKenna’s new book, Superbug, is less deliciously frightening and more just plain scary.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Where will the next major epidemic come from? According to Superbug, that epidemic is already here.” (Boing Boing) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Maryn McKenna is an award-winning science and medical writer and author of Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (named one of the top 10 science books of 2004 by Amazon). She currently works as a contributing writer for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and is a media fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and has also studied at Harvard Medical School. She lives in Minneapolis. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
Maryn McKenna's book is competent, readable and deeply disturbing. She takes real science, explains it for the layman or woman and allows the reader to draw their own view of the consequences at international, national and personal levels.
"Superbug" explains but does not campaign, pointing the facts but not the finger. The book is refreshingly clear of the spin, ego and promotion often associated with the subject matter.
There are no quack remedies here. There are no quick remedies here, either.
Stories are drawn from the experiences of those who suffered and those who investigated. Threaded carefully and seamlessly into the narrative, they are often harrowing, disturbing, and sometimes inspiring.
It's a history of the problem in a world still without solutions and still writing the chapters of a very human disaster.
MRSA st398, her "fourth epidemic" moving from animals to humans and breaking about our ears now, is pure dynamite.
An important book and essential reading for health workers, veterinarians, livestock farmers and indeed all humanity now facing a world where antibiotics are no longer a universal panacea to major and minor bacterial infections.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
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!!
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