|Author/Contributor(s):||Murphy, Jim ; Blank, Alison|
Who knew the biography of a germ could be so fascinating?"--Kirkus (starred review)
This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years: tuberculosis. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes TB was identified and the cure was thought to be within reach--but drug-resistant varieties continue to plague and panic the human race.
The biography of this deadly germ and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative. Includes a bibliography, source notes, and index.
This medical detective story is also a social history of a disease that has known no social bounds. Treatment that began long ago as bloodletting, and the healing touch of a king, centuries later grew into a worldwide sanatorium movement for children and adults. Long considered a romantic illness amongst artists and poets, treatment was often unavailable to poor and minorities.
In the end, the effort to combat TB spurred the development of public health in America and, along with HIV and Malaria, the effort to fight for global health around the world.
A Junior Literary Guild Selection * A Booklist Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth