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Invincible microbe : tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Clarion Books, Boston, p.149 (2012)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr QR201 .T6 M87 2012

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/10257434

Keywords:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology, JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Discoveries, JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / History of Science, JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism, Microorganisms--Juvenile literature, Tuberculosis--Juvenile literature

Abstract:

Contents: This is the story -- In the beginning -- The king's evil -- "There is a dread disease" -- Into the mountains -- "To comfort always" -- The cause -- The outsiders -- The cure -- "Like a fairy-tale" -- Supergerms -- Hot spots.; Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.; Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.

Publication Language:

eng

Notes:

Lexile measure 1200; Ages 12 and up