Understanding and Responding to An Emerging CrisisBook - 2011
Authored by two leading investigators, this book presents a thorough and authoritative overview of this multifaceted field of science. Pathogenic bacteria have been evolving and spreading resistance to diverse classes of antibiotics. As a result, we risk losing our ability to control and treat infectious diseases. Understanding antibiotic resistance, therefore, is becoming increasingly essential for a broad audience of healthcare professionals, biomedical and public health researchers, students, and policymakers. The authors answer questions such as: What is resistance? How does it emerge? How do common human activities contribute to resistance? What can we do about it? How can we strengthen our “first lines of defense” against resistance? Are there better ways to discover new antibiotics? What unique issues are associated with MRSA and viral influenza? In addition to defining and evaluating one of the most important emerging threats to public health, the authors explain what can be done to minimize risks to public health, and to preserve and extend the effectiveness of existing and new antibiotics.
Authors Drlica and Perlin (the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School) offer a detailed yet accessible explanation of all aspects of the problem of antibiotic resistance, covering basic science as well as medical and public health aspects. The book focuses on broad concepts supported by examples and descriptions of key experiments and final chapters outline ways to avoid creating resistant pathogens and recommend a course of action. B&w images are included. Some background in biology is assumed, but for readers without this background, there are two appendices reviewing concepts on the molecules of life and microbial life forms, plus a glossary. The book's broad audience includes students in medicine, microbiology, infectious disease, pharmacy, and public health, as well as patients, primary care professionals, hospital administrators, and policy makers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)