The Race to Stop an Epidemic
Author(s): Matt McCarthy
Original Publish Date: May 21, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.75 hours)
Product Number: Z100144611
Released: May 21, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781984888952
Narrator/s: Matt McCarthy
Publisher: Books on Tape
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International Bestseller "An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future." --Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies A New York Times bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability. We also meet the patients whose lives are hanging in the balance, from Remy, a teenager with a dangerous and rare infection, to Donny, a retired New York City firefighter with a compromised immune system, and many more. The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?

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Author(s): Matt McCarthy
Product Number EB00737415
Released: May 21, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Avery
ISBN: #9780735217522

Professional reviews

"Physician and researcher Matt McCarthy narrates his audiobook with earnestness and clarity. His story recounts the challenges of getting approval to develop a new antibiotic to stop the spread of a resistant bacteria strain. As background, he also discusses the history of medical research involving human subjects, describes how harmful practices have been corrected through regulation, and updates listeners on cutting-edge areas of current research, including the splicing of genes to address congenital problems. Throughout, McCarthy describes his interactions with patients: some encouraging, some indifferent, others heartbreaking. This audiobook is an invaluable experience for listeners seeking to understand the big questions about human life and medical ethics. McCarthy's voice is humble yet passionate as he delivers a fascinating discussion. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"