Invincible Microbe

Tuberculosis and the Never-ending Search for A Cure

Murphy, Jim, 1947-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Invincible Microbe
"This is the compelling, suspenseful, down-to-earth story of a killer that has been stalking and doing away with people for thousands of years: Tuberculosis. For centuries TB in many forms was treated with everything from poultices and potions to the king's touch. The microorganism that causes the disease was eventually identified, more effective treatments were developed, and the cure for TB was thought to be within reach. But the TB germ simply will not die; drug-resistant varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The "biography" of this deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time, and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent among the poor are woven together in an engrossing narrative supported by 70-plus archival prints and photographs. Includes bibliography, source notes, and index"-- "From one of the most acclaimed writers of nonfiction for children, Invincible Microbe illuminates the seemingly unstoppable killer that's been haunting us for centuries: tuberculosis. Well-researched and including over 100 archival photos and prints, this compelling "biography" of a deadly germ is a must-read"--

Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780618535743
Branch Call Number: J 616.99 M
Characteristics: 149 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blank, Alison


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A frightening look into the history of a disease that still infects people today.

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Tuberculosis has been humankind’s constant companion for centuries, killing almost everyone it infected. Doctors thought it had been defeated in the 1950’s, but it is now coming back stronger than ever. lllus. with photos.

Jan 13, 2014
  • kits90 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another interesting and very well written book by Mr. Murphy.

Worth a read.

Jan 04, 2013
  • ChocolateChips rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

According to the WHO, one third of the human beings on this planet have a tuberculosis infection, and over 50% can die if left untreated. This book is a great overview of the history, biology and current extent of a disease the public needs to be more aware of. The writing is very approachable, even for kids or for people with no scientific background. Highly recommended.


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