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Revenge of the Microbes

How Bacterial Resistance is Undermining the Antibiotic Miracle

Publication Date:
April 14, 2005
Content Details:
198 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    A single source of answers to questions average people are asking. • Provides the scientific information readers will need to form opinions and make informed decisions regarding the use of antibiotics. • Examines specific antibiotics and controversies in a real-life context; presents accounts of positions on all sides of the public policy debate; and discusses less common issues such as what happens to antibiotics once they are released into the environment. • Encourages readers to consider the extensive role of antibiotics in modern medicine and the potentially catastrophic impact the loss of effective antibiotics would have today and on future generations. • Appeals to a diverse readership, including biologists, doctors, teachers, students, lawyers, environmentalists, and average citizens.

    This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

  • Contents

    Table of Contents Magic Bullets, Miracle Drugs A Brief Look at the History of Antibiotics Bacteria Reveal Their Adaptability, Threatening the Brief Reign of Antibiotics Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the News Antibiotics That Inhibit Bacterial Cell Wall Synthesis Antibiotics That Inhibit the Synthesis of Bacterial Proteins Fluoroquinolones, Sulfa Drugs, and Antituberculosis Drugs Bacterial Promiscuity: How Bacterial Sex Contributes to Development of Resistance The Looming Crisis in Antibiotic Availability Antiseptics and Disinfectants Antiviral, Antifungal, and Antiprotozoal Compounds Appendix 1. Structures of Antimicrobial Agents Mentioned in the Text Appendix 2. How Clinical Laboratories Measure Resistance