The Killers Within

The Killers Within

The Deadly Rise of Drug-resistant Bacteria

Book - 2002
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Tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year by drug-resistant bacteria picked up in medical facilities. Aimed at the general reader, this text describes the threat of constantly evolving bacteria and how physicians are trying to combat it. The authors (a journalist and an ethnobotanist) describe how bacteria work, how humans are creating "superbugs" through the widespread abuse of antibiotics, and how individuals can protect themselves and their families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Com., 2002
ISBN: 9780316713313
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Plotkin, Mark J.


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Jun 28, 2013

The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria. --- by Michael Shnayerson and Mark J. Plotkin. This book reads like fiction: it keeps you in suspense, it makes you wonder, it makes you dread and fear. And yet, what it talks about is real and for that matter no less scary. It’s the story of antibiotics that for the last eighty or so years have made the place a relatively safe place, free, for the most part, of massive population levelling disease epidemics that one, commonly periodically swept the earth and carried off, literally, millions of suffering victims. It’s the story of antibiotics that made hospitals safe; that made invasive surgery survivable without the constant fear of infection and ensuing death. What the book also talks about is how these bacteria have been able to outwit the anti-biotics to produce progressively more adept bacteria that have become anti-biotic resistant to one drug after another. Science tried to keep up by concocting a continuous smorgasbord of better and better bacteria killers. But then the train stopped: no more new antibiotic, no more new silver bullets. And the old bacteria that gave us all those diseases, some simple and some terribly deadly, grew resistant to more and more of those wonder drugs. It’s a great story; it’s a suspenseful story but its also a very real and compelling and threatening story. And if you’re doing some simple research and want some illustrative material, this is you book.

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