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In June 1999, a 33-year-old woman walked into a San Francisco hospital complaining of acute pain in her legs. The day before, she had what she thought was a flu: fever, dizziness and abdominal pain. Within two hours of her admission to hospital, she was dead, and unrecognisable. The diagnosis: flesh-eating bacteria.
Bacteria are one of the most basic life forms on earth, yet they pose a threat to mankind that not even the most sophisticated scientific techniques can contain. The book charts the competition between the drug companies to develop a new super-antibiotic, and the race to save lives and make millions. It also describes the surprising return of a technique that predates penicillin - the development of a phage or virus that kills the bacteria from within.
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Absorbing, compelling - and terrifying. You need to read - and share - this book. (Jane Goodall)
A dramatic accoubt of an already alarming situation poised to grow worse. If a public health crisis of major proportions is to be averted, book such as this one need to be read by consumers as well as the authorities charged to protect their health. (Dr David L. Heymann, Executive Director, Communicable Diseases, World Health Organisation)
[It] makes a terrifying case. (ARENA)
This is disturbing and topical reading. (DAILY EXPRESS)
* Dramatic, narrative-driven analysis of the increasing threat of drug-resistant bacteria to the world. * The Killers Within describes the full horror of our most primitive but potentially most deadly enemy - and man's attemptys to stop it.
* The Killers Within describes the full horror of our most primitive but potentially most deadly enemy - and man's attempts to stop it.
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Descrizione libro Time Warner Paperbacks, 2003. Condizione: New. book. Codice articolo M0751534811