The information contained in this book is so powerful and well researched, I had to let it all soak in before moving on to the next chapter. McKenna not only gives us the facts about MRSA, she captures us with her heart wrenching stories of the pain this "superbug" has caused in so many lives. I highly recommend reading this book and taking the precautions necessary to decrease the spread of this dreaded bacteria. No, it's not fiction Published by Thriftbooks. If you've read the Andromeda Strain or watched "Outbreak" you know how scary a rampant microbe can be to the human body.
This book will tell tales of a type of microbe that is all around us and will mutate at it's convenience. Not scared yet? This is happening today. People are dying today from this "Superbug.
Flu in general? Denghe fever? They don't scare me.
The subject of this book does. This book will take you on a journey of how a Staph infection can mutate through many means, most of them human created, to create a "Superbug" of unknown potential. Maryn will take you step by step on how we created it and how the Doctors are trying to combat it. An engaging read with something for everyone Published by Thriftbooks. Superbug, along with Beating Back the Devil, cements Maryn McKenna's status as one of the most readable and enjoyable writers of our time covering infectious disease topics.
This book details the public health threat of MRSA through the use of frightening individual experiences, behind-the-scenes research narratives, and well-written explanations of the ever-changing epidemiology of MRSA, all in eloquent yet readable detail.
I believe there is something new in this book for anyone, whether it is read by a physician, investigator, nurse, student, or even the armchair philosopher. I'd absolutely recommend the book to anyone working in a clinical science or practice that deals with MRSA on a daily basis, or to any students considering careers in the health sciences! After working for 2.
There are also a lot of cases associated with gyms, so one of the things primary care doctors advise is to be sure to amp up your hygiene right after you work out—shower right away and change your clothes. Wash your hands a lot because MRSA lives in our environment. Additional Information. If we seriously want to dial back the international epidemic of resistance, we really have to look at how antibiotics are used in agriculture. Makes you wonder what the system can do, handwashing education was pretty serious at my workplace 17 years ago, but that education has quietened down since then.
It really put my work and education into context in a few hundred pages, and I have no doubt others will gain from reading this book! Based on my background in biological science, I was very, very excited to get this book, and I was not disappointed. It takes massive amounts of drugs with often serious side-effects to even have a chance of beating it. Historically, MRSA was a disease of hospitals, and only in people that were already suffering from a weakened immune system - but that is no longer the case.
A new strain has come up that affects people who have not had any contact with hospitals. It is known as community-acquired MRSA, and is surprisingly lethal. McKenna's style is aptly suited to this type of book, as there is a lot of medical jargon that requires a deft hand to explain to people with little to no knowledge in that particular area. This is accomplished through what I can only describe as a massive amount of interviews and research with individuals whose lives have been affected by MRSA.
This book raises a lot of issues regarding the sanitary procedures performed at hospitals, the over-prescription of antibiotics in both people and animals, and the sheer speed in which MRSA can adapt. Reading this book may seem like some sort of scare tactic, and it is. But it is the sort of thing people NEED to hear.
McKenna uses people whose lives have been affected by MRSA to tell the story, and only breaks away from the narrative for context. Simply put, it is a superbly written science book that reads like a novel. There are parts of this book which may be difficult to read if you are squeamish, specifically where she describes the various symptoms that people infected with MRSA had to deal with.
And, not all the people you meet throughout the book survive, as MRSA is an indiscriminate killer. SUPERBUG is a very impressive book that has some very important lessons to teach us about microbial evolution, and the huge effect it can have on the human population.
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No one can read this book as an outsider; you will be drawn into this drama. The book has its fair share of heroes. They are the doctors who struggle at the bedside of their patients to bring healing, or ultimately attempt to bring solace to those who are left behind in the wake of this microbiologic serial killer.
This is a book well worth reading. True, it is focused on the problem of staphylococcal infections, but underlying this gripping story is the broader issue of how the medical and public health communities, not just in the United States but globally, recognize and respond to new biological threats.
Readers of this book will likely never take the occasional pimple for granted any longer or may think twice about that swollen abrasion before simply slathering it with over-the-counter "triple antibiotics. McKenna's book indicates how slow the medical and public health communities can be when confronted with something new and the need for each of us to be our own health advocates in times of crisis.
There are several compelling stories of love, compassion, faith, and fortitude that punctuate this drama. The slowness of the medical community to grasp the significance of the emergence of CA-MRSA has been paralleled time and time again over the years with Legionnaires' disease, toxic shock syndrome, hantavirus infections in the southwestern United States, and SARS.
In each case, bright people, armed often with serendipitous findings, sounded an alarm that went unheeded until it was devastatingly obvious that something was wrong and people were dying. McKenna's book will educate you, fascinate you, overwhelm you, and more than likely make you reconsider your own state of health as well as the health of our medical and public health establishments.
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