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Author McCarthy, Matt

Title Superbugs : the race to stop an epidemic
Published [Place of publication not identified] : SCRIBE PUBLICATIONS, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents Intro; About the Author; Title Page; Copyright Page; Epigraph; Dedication; Contents; Author's Note; Prologue; PART 1; 1 The Fog of War; 2 A Golden Era; PART 2; 3 The Lucky Grenadier; 4 Embedded; 5 Safeguards; 6 Variables; 7 Deferment; 8 Oversight; 9 Backwater; PART 3; 10 Ruth; 11 George; 12 Mississippi Mud; 13 Soren; 14 Duty; 15 Remy; 16 A Quiet Revolution; 17 Decision Points; 18 Piper; 19 Garden State; 20 Trojan Horses; PART 4; 21 The Rockefellers; 22 Lysin; 23 Breakthrough; 24 Anthrax; 25 Delivery; PART 5; 26 Meghan; 27 Mantra; 28 Obstacles; 29 First; 30 Alicia; 31 Persuasion
32 The Rollout33 Investments; 34 Into the Haystack; 35 Angry Birds; 36 Macaulay; 37 Searching; 38 Anna; 39 Reversals and Rewards; 40 Help Wanted; Epilogue; Acknowledgments; A Note on Sources; Notes
Summary Drug-resistant bacteria -- known as superbugs -- are one of the biggest medical threats of our time. Here, a doctor, researcher, and ethics professor tells the exhilarating story of his race to beat them and save countless lives. When doctor Matt McCarthy first meets Jackson, a mechanic from Queens, it is in the ER, where he has come for treatment for an infected gunshot wound. Usually, antibiotics would be prescribed, but Jackson's infection is one of a growing number of superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to known drugs. He only has one option, and if that doesn't work he may lose his leg or even his life. On the same day, McCarthy and his mentor Tom Walsh begin work on a groundbreaking clinical trial for a new antibiotic they believe will eradicate certain kinds of superbugs and demonstrate to Big Pharma that investment in these drugs can save millions of lives and prove financially viable. But there are countless hoops to jump through before they can begin administering the drug to patients, and for people like Jackson time is in short supply. Superbugs is a compelling tale of medical ingenuity. From the muddy trenches of the First World War, where Alexander Fleming searched for a cure for soldiers with infected wounds, to breakthroughs in antibiotics and antifungals today that could revolutionise how infections are treated, McCarthy takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through the history -- and future -- of medicine. Along the way, we meet patients like Remy, a teenage girl with a dangerous and rare infection; Donny, a retired firefighter with a compromised immune system; and Bill, the author's own father-in-law, who contracts a deadly staph infection. And we learn about the ethics of medical research: why potentially life-saving treatments are often delayed for years to protect patients from exploitation. Can McCarthy get his trial approved and underway in time to save the lives of his countless patients infected with deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?
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Subject McCarthy, Matt
McCarthy, Matt.
Antibiotics -- History
Bacterial diseases -- Prevention
Drug resistance in microorganisms
Drugs -- Testing
Bacterial diseases -- Prevention.
Bacteriology (non-medical)
Biography & Autobiography - Medical.
Biography: science, technology & medicine.
Biology, life sciences.
Drug resistance in microorganisms.
Drugs -- Testing.
Epidemiology & medical statistics.
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / General
History of medicine.
Infectious & contagious diseases.
MEDICAL / Clinical Medicine
MEDICAL / Diseases
MEDICAL / Evidence-Based Medicine
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
Medical - Clinical Medicine.
Medical - Epidemiology.
Medical - History.
Medical - Infectious Diseases.
Medical - Microbiology.
Medical - Research.
Medical microbiology & virology.
Popular science.
Public health & preventive medicine.
Science - General.
Science - Life Sciences - Bacteriology.
Science / Life Sciences / Virology.
Virology (non-medical)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 192569352X (electronic bk.)
9781925693522 (electronic bk.)