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The Perfect Predator : : a Scientist's Race to Save her Husband From a Deadly Superbug

Strathdee, Steffanie A., 1966- Book - 2019 616.9 St 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 2 out of 5

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Part I : A deadly hitchhiker. Blindsided -- A menacing air -- The last supper -- Disease detectives -- First responders -- Lost in translation -- The colonel from Al-Shabaab -- Tom: interlude I -- A deadly hitchhiker -- The worst bacteria on the planet -- Tom: interlude II. Part II : Can't eskape. -- Homecoming -- Superbugged -- Public enemy number one: under the radar -- Tom: interlude III -- The alternate reality club -- Tipping point: fully colonized -- Tom: interlude IV. Part III : the perfect predator. The spider to catch the fly -- Tom: interlude V -- The perfect predator -- Semper fortis: always faithful, always strong -- A hail Mary pass -- Panning for gold -- Journeying -- Tom: interlude VI. Part IV : the Darwinian dance. The blood orange tree -- Moment of truth -- The bold guess -- Lysis to kill -- Tom: interlude VII -- Second-guessing -- No mud, no lotus -- tom: interlude VIII -- The Darwinian dance and the Red Queen's pursuit -- The last dance -- The Buddha's gift -- Grand rounds -- Epilogue.
Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. What at first seemed like a case of food poisoning quickly turned critical, and by the time Tom had been transferred via emergency medevac to the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie worked, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world. Frantic, Steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka "the perfect predator," can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. She found allies at the FDA, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center --and together they resurrected a forgotten cure. A nail-biting medical mystery, The Perfect Predator is a story of love and survival against all odds, and the (re)discovery of a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis.


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New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: viii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Patterson, Thomas L.,
Barker, Teresa,

Strathdee, Steffanie A., -- 1966-
Patterson, Thomas L.
Strathdee, Steffanie A., -- 1966-
Patterson, Thomas L.
Drug resistance in microorganisms.
Multidrug resistance.
Methicillin resistance.
Bacterial diseases.
Drug Resistance, Bacterial.
Acinetobacter Infections.
Phage Therapy.
Personal Narrative.