for Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank
Tuberculosis is examined through both the lens of science and that of social history. The disease, whose origins have recently been traced back three million years to microorganisms in the soil and water of Africa, is tracked from ancient times to medieval years through the sanatorium cures of the 1800 and 1900s. A final chapter summarizes the recent emergence of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and efforts to halt further progression of the disease. Changes in our understanding of tuberculosis over time and evolving approaches to treatment range from the barbaric to the cutting-edge, and provide insight into social history, such as how race and class impacted access to treatment in the first half of the twentieth century. The text is supplemented with numerous black-and-white photos and other visual material, and the end matter includes detailed source notes and a bibliography. (Ages 11–15)
CCBC Choices 2013. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013. Used with permission.
"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"--
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