The Killers Within by Mark J. Plotkin
The Deadly Rise of Drug Resistant Bacteria

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It wasn't too long ago that modern antibiotics seemed to have conquered bacteria. Threatening bacteria, doctors proclaimed, were on their way out.

Not exactly. In THE KILLERS WITHIN, Michael Shnayerson and Mark Plotkin reveal the terrifying truth: that bacteria have evolved, have outwitted doctors, and are now on the ascendancy. Quietly, a medical crisis has been brewing, as laboratories and doctors frantically race to develop new drugs and new means to combat bacteria that, via aggressive evolution, have zigged when medicine zagged. Bacteria that disintegrate your skin; bacteria that clog your lungs; bacteria that result in golf-ball-size abscesses-all these and more make appearances in THE KILLERS WITHIN.

We meet the scientists desperately racing to stay one step ahead. We learn the creepy science of how bacteria work, and why they may be winning. And we see how, ironically, we've created the problem by misusing antibiotics. A book that will be compared to Laurie Garrett's bestselling "The Coming Plague," THE KILLERS WITHIN is a horror story that just happens to be true.

 

About Mark J. Plotkin

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Michael Shnayerson is a staff writer at Vanity Fair. He lives in New York. Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. is president of the Amazon Conservation Team and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. He earned his academic credits at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Tufts. Trained as an ethnobotanist, he conducts much of his research in tropical America.
 
Published September 3, 2002 by Little, Brown. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Truly alarming report on the growing resistance of bacteria to once-effective antibiotics and the struggle of scientists to find new weapons against them.

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They explain the myriad factors that have contributed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and disease, most important among them the overprescription and misuse of the drugs, including the antibiotics fed to livestock to promote growth.

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