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Biography of resistance : the epic battle between people and pathogens

by Zaman, Muhammad H.

Format: Print Book 2020
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Award-winning Boston University educator and researcher Muhammad H. Zaman provides a chilling look at the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, explaining how we got here and what we must do to address this growing global health crisis.

In September 2016, a woman in Nevada became the first known case in the U.S. of a person who died of an infection resistant to every antibiotic available. Her death is the worst nightmare of infectious disease doctors and public health professionals. While bacteria live within us and are essential for our health, some strains can kill us. As bacteria continue to mutate, becoming increasingly resistant to known antibiotics, we are likely to face a public health crisis of unimaginable proportions. "It will be like the great plague of the middle ages, the influenza pandemic of 1918, the AIDS crisis of the 1990s, and the Ebola epidemic of 2014 all combined into a single threat," Muhammad H. Zaman warns.

The Biography of Resistance is Zaman's riveting and timely look at why and how microbes are becoming superbugs. It is a story of science and evolution that looks to history, culture, attitudes and our own individual choices and collective human behavior. Following the trail of resistant bacteria from previously uncontacted tribes in the Amazon to the isolated islands in the Arctic, from the urban slums of Karachi to the wilderness of the Australian outback, Zaman examines the myriad factors contributing to this unfolding health crisis--including war, greed, natural disasters, and germophobia--to the culprits driving it: pharmaceutical companies, farmers, industrialists, doctors, governments, and ordinary people, all whose choices are pushing us closer to catastrophe.

Joining the ranks of acclaimed works like Microbe Hunters, The Emperor of All Maladies, and Spillover, A Biography of Resistance is a riveting and chilling tale from a natural storyteller on the front lines, and a clarion call to address the biggest public health threat of our time.

What we're up against
Fifty million dead
Time and space
Friends in far places
Near the seed vault
Keys to Karachi
War and peace
From the phages of history
Sulfa and the war
Mold juice
Tablets from tears
The new pandemic
The man in the blue Mustang
Mating bacteria
S is for Soviet
The Navy boys
From animals to humans
The Norwegian salmon
Closer to Sydney than to Perth
A classless problem
The stubborn wounds of war
Counting the dead
Clues in the sewage
X is for extensive
Too much or too little?
Visa not required
The dry pipeline
New ways to do old business
A three-hundred-year-old idea
Spoonful of sugar
Conflict inside the cells
Security or service?
One world, one health
Bankers, doctors, and diplomats.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Of the many catastrophes to fear, the increase and spread of antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases is high on the list. We take antibiotics, the wonder drugs of modernity, often and for granted. But bacteria mutate quickly, retooling their "highly sophisticated, multilayered defense mechanism" to repel antibiotic onslaughts, leading to a steady and terrifying rise in untreatable infections. Zaman, an award-winning professor of biomedical engineering and international health and a New York Times columnist, dramatically recounts the history of microbial research from the first magnified glimpse into the massive bacterial realm to the near-miraculous discovery of antibiotics to their commercial production and dissemination. Passionate about the science, the social implications, and the complex personalities of the scientists he so sharply portrays, Zaman reveals how the antibiotic saga of human ingenuity and greed is pegged to military conflicts, from WWI forward. Although resistance is increasing, the development of antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies has decreased, and dangerous antibiotic overuse medically and agriculturally is running rampant. Like those about global warming, warnings about the risk of antibiotic resistance and superbugs have been issued for decades with little action taken. Now the evidence, so vividly presented here, is overwhelming, and Zaman urges us to speak up."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Drug resistance in microorganisms -- Popular works.
Antibiotics -- Development -- Popular works.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description viii, 304 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-291) and index.
ISBN 9780062862976
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