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Invincible microbe : tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure / Jim Murphy and Alison Blank.

By: Murphy, Jim, 1947-.
Contributor(s): Blank, Alison.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2012Description: 149 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780618535743 (hardback); 0618535748 (hardback).Subject(s): Tuberculosis -- Juvenile literature | Tuberculosis -- History -- Juvenile literature | Microorganisms -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 616.9/95 Other classification: JNF051190 | JNF007090 | JNF024020 | JNF053140 | JNF051170
Contents:
This is the story -- In the beginning -- The king's evil -- "There is a dread disease" -- Into the mountains -- "To comfort always" -- The cause -- The outsiders -- The cure -- "Like a fairy-tale" -- Supergerms -- Hot spots.
Summary: This is the 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. This biography of the deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time, and its social history, is woven together with archival prints and photographs.
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This is the 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. This biography of the deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time, and its social history, is woven together with archival prints and photographs.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-128) and index.

This is the story -- In the beginning -- The king's evil -- "There is a dread disease" -- Into the mountains -- "To comfort always" -- The cause -- The outsiders -- The cure -- "Like a fairy-tale" -- Supergerms -- Hot spots.

Ages 9-12.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Starting with the dramatic cover photo of a row of girls lying in their hospital beds, Murphy and Blank unwind the tangled history of tuberculosis, a disease that continues to kill millions every year. The writing is crisp and clinical. Readers will be surprised to learn that kings believed that a single touch of their hand would cure the peasants and that one of the more radical treatments for TB included removing multiple ribs from a patient's chest. At times gruesome and somewhat somnolent when describing the peaceful sanatoriums, the book clearly details all the many unsuccessful attempts to cure this infectious disease. The authors also describe how close modern medicine has come to eradicating it. Students researching diseases or medical breakthroughs will find this book both informative and interesting. Helpful, too, are the pronunciation tips that are included when the authors discuss the complicated names of the bacteria and illnesses. The book is liberally illustrated with photos, drawings, and prints that vividly complement the text. The selected bibliography and source notes serve also as excellent examples of useful citations.-Denise Schmidt, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jim Murphy's compelling nonfiction books for young readers have received a long list of awards, including two Newbery Honors and a Sibert Medal. This is his first collaboration with his wife, Alison Blank, a children's media creator.They have two sons and live in Maplewood, New Jersey. Visit Jim Murphy at www.jimmurphybooks.com.

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