↠ Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA || ☆ PDF Read by ✓ Maryn McKenna

By Maryn McKenna | Comments: ( 447 ) | Date: ( Feb 21, 2020 )

LURKING in our homes, hospitals, schools, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can track it or drug developers can create antibiotics to quell it That pathogen is MRSA methicillin resistant Staphyloccocus aureus and Superbug is the first book to tell the story of its shocking spread and the alarming danger it poses to us alLURKING in our homes, hospitals, schools, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can track it or drug developers can create antibiotics to quell it That pathogen is MRSA methicillin resistant Staphyloccocus aureus and Superbug is the first book to tell the story of its shocking spread and the alarming danger it poses to us all.Doctors long thought that MRSA was confined to hospitals and clinics, infecting almost exclusively those who were either already ill or old But through remarkable reporting, including hundreds of interviews with the leading researchers and doctors tracking the deadly bacterium, acclaimed science journalist Maryn McKenna reveals the hidden history of MRSA s relentless advance how it has overwhelmed hospitals, assaulted families, and infiltrated agriculture and livestock, moving inexorably into the food chain Taking readers into the medical centers where frustrated physicians must discard drug after drug as they struggle to keep patients alive, she discloses an explosion of cases that demonstrate how MRSA is growing virulent, while evolving resistance to antibiotics with astonishing speed It may infect us at any time, no matter how healthy we are it is carried by a stunning number of our household pets and it has been detected in food animals from cows to chickens to pigs.With the sensitivity of a novelist, McKenna portrays the emotional and financial devastation endured by MRSA s victims, vividly describing the many stealthy ways in which the pathogen overtakes the body and the shock and grief of parents whose healthy children were felled by infection in just hours Through dogged detective work, she discloses the unheard warnings that predicted the current crisis and lays bare the flaws that have allowed MRSA to rage out of control misplaced government spending, inadequate public health surveillance, misguided agricultural practices, and vast overuse of the few precious drugs we have left Empowering readers with the knowledge they need for self defense, Superbug sounds an alarm MRSA has evolved into a global emergency that touches almost every aspect of modern life It is, as one deeply concerned researcher tells McKenna, the biggest thing since AIDS.

  • Title: Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA
  • Author: Maryn McKenna
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  • Page: 337
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About Author:

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy.She has reported from epidemics and disasters, and farms and food production sites, on most of the continents, including a field hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a Thai village erased by the Indian Ocean tsunami, a bird testing unit on the front lines of West Nile virus, an Arctic graveyard of the victims of the 1918 flu, an AIDS treatment center in Yunnan, a polio eradication team in India, breweries in France, a Matrix for chickens in the Netherlands, and the Midwestern farms devastated by the 2015 epidemic of avian flu.She writes about science and food for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, NPR, Newsweek, Vice, FiveThirtyEight, Wired, Scientific American, Slate, Modern Farmer, Nature, The Atlantic, and The Guardian She is the author of the award winning books SUPERBUG and BEATING BACK THE DEVIL, and is a Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a frequent radio guest Her 2015 TED talk, What do we do when antibiotics don t work any , has been viewed than 1.5 million times.

Comments Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

  • Petra X

    I read quite a lot of this book before getting bogged down in gene variants of MRSA and thinking that a microbiologist might enjoy this but MRSA's a bit like bullets, doesn't matter the variation, they can all kill you. I did learn something interesting though - that it is an urban myth that MRSA is hospital-acquired. It's in the community, it's everywhere and it will generally either make you very sick, even sicker or you die.Thinking back to Atul Gawande's wonderful Better: A Surgeon's Notes o [...]

  • George Smith

    As a retired Clinical and Public Health Microbiologist, I can say that this writer knows the subject. So I can recommend this book. But the reader should be warned, this book is quite technical and very detailed, and really very disturbing. In this busy world, I think some important facts about MRSA and other "superbugs" can get lost in the detail. What facts? Well MRSA is not just a problem of sick people getting infected in hospitals, which was the case 15 years ago when I left the hospital la [...]

  • Flora

    Pass the Purell, please. The article is written clearly and presents its facts very well, particularly regarding the evolution and research. I just got tired of reading how none of the patients had heard of MRSA when it's been out there for years. Granted, coverage has stepped up considerably since 2003, but it's a sad indicator of public ignorance on a significant health concern.

  • Layne Lebahn

    This book was very creepy at times, very sad at others. McKenna does a great job putting a human face on the disease, while also explaining the science in a way that a lay person could understand.I was a little numbed/bored at the end of the book - each new case or description of the ravages of the disease just began to seem repetitive after a while. But, overall, a great and captivating read.

  • Donna

    MRSA = bad. Washing with Soap = good.

  • Stephen

    When she said "Why read books about microbes that can kill you?", I answered "This is the stuff of which drama is made: medical hero versus advancing death with too few weapons and too little logistical support." I do rather wish that the hucksters who name books and design book covers would be a bit more reserved than screaming "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA." The only thing missing from this bright-red dust-cover is a man in a rubber monster suit (like "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" [...]

  • Melanie

    Maryn McKenna is a doctor that writes like a novelist. Her book gave the shakes and caused me to break out in a cold sweat. I read it in one sitting. Over the past 18 months or so, I've read just about everything I could find about MRSA including journal articles and clinical trial descriptions, but I could have saved myself the time and effort (not to mention the hours spent with a medical dictionary) by just reading this book. Everything you ever wanted to know about MRSA (and VISA and VRSA) - [...]

  • Frank

    Often, the books that frighten me the most aren't horror novels. Instead, I'm more likely to be disturbed after reading texts detailing real-life threats, especially dangers that are under reported and not taken seriously.So it's probably no surprise that Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA scared the hell out of me. As the text's title indicates, Superbug is all about MRSA, a bacterium responsible for a range of difficult-to-treat infections. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus [...]

  • Atar

    MRSA and this book seriously scares me. And it should you. I have had this bacteria before and it was extremely painful. As luck would have it mine was only a skin infection. Lanced and treated with basic antibiotics it went away without too many complications. However there are many different ways MRSA can debilitate and or destroy ones family and life. If you want to protect your kids, parents, siblings and yourself I fiercely suggest reading this book. Before I started reading it I thought th [...]

  • Ed Yoo

    Good journalistic approach. The author writes this like a reporter, but the robust clinical understanding underpinned with good research and evidence makes this a scary but compelling read.


    Intriguing and informativeWorking as an RN during these years, I remained unaware of the darker side of MRSA, never knowing how its metamorphosis terrorized the medical profession and decimated lives. I fear we haven't heard the last of this.

  • Julie

    TerrifyingWell-written, yet terrifying play by play account of how MRSA has infiltrated our hospitals and communitiesis book is a fast read, but leaves many questions unanswered. The true terror is that is due to the fact that, as of now, there are no answers.

  • Jon

    This book is interesting but it reads like a newspaper article, full of lots seemingly informative statistics, like "something increased 16 times" without saying what the underlying numbers were. So I would say it's a little light on raw data, though it is extensively footnoted if you wanted to find the raw data.It makes an emotional argument for why you should be scared of MRSA but it doesn't go for the kill by presenting hard numbers. I think, as the book alludes to, that this because it's not [...]

  • M. Espinoza

    The amount of research that has gone into this book is clearly monumental. While it can sometimes be tough to follow the concurrent developments in the progress of MRSAs in various parts of the world, one comes away with the sobering knowledge that drug resistant bacteria are not simply confined to hospitals. They are everywhere and can be spread by casual contact. The author presents a balanced view of the situation. While she is thorough in describing the difficulty of controlling MRSAs, she a [...]

  • Daniel Hooker

    Lost patience with the endless streams of dying patients and ICU nightmares. Definitely not a book for the faint of heart, or for those who are not willing to read wound sizes compared to everyday objects repeatedly (ie hole in abdomen size of a melon, bump on shoulder swelling to size of soup can, hole in egg-sized wound the size of a quarter, etc.)Written by a journalist who certainly knows her stuff, this account of the underreported MRSA is important in some ways; it calls attention to a dea [...]

  • Tin Lizzy

    i found Superbug to be a hell of a good and utterly terrifying read. Reads not entirely unlike a Crichton or Grisham (for those of us who unabashedly like our guilty pleasures) but instead of pure fluff it's packed with references and footnotes to prove up McKenna's assertions and research chops. For all it's page-turningness, the book isn't at all hyperbolic; for the immense sinking feeling it's left me in the pit of my stomach, it isn't not at all hysterical or sky-is-falling. I highly recomme [...]

  • 보미

    The author really didn't offer many solutions in how to contain MRSA; also, the book was grossly repetitive. It read like a horror book of patient after patient in the ICU or ER suffering from a panoply of MRSA symptoms. I wanted to learn more about solutions and the dire implications MRSA can have in the future for humans and animals. I had to skim all the passages that related to human suffering--there was just too many. At least 80 pages could have been shaved off and the intent of the book w [...]

  • Theresa

    good mayonnaise-based salad at a picnic--tastes good, but leaves you feeling a little anxiousThis book makes MRSA an interesting and approachable topic. Anyone can read it and relate to it--don't have to be in the healthcare field. And although it raises legitimate concerns, it is not overthetop-alarmist (MRSA will kill us all!). Although I am by no means an expert on MRSA after reading this book, I feel sort of silly that I've seen/treated so many cases of it without knowing this overall histoy [...]

  • Scott Cole

    Spoiler alert it's MRSA.The setup and premise of this book is neat; an anecdotal story about a person getting sick and then an explanation from what doctors were trying to do at the time. The problem is that the stories are just too short and the lack of character development makes me not care also since it is a book about MRSA, it is tough to be surprised each time you learn the character has MRSA.

  • Susan

    Great book which details the rising epidemic of MRSA infection within the US (and globally) through the personal experiences of doctors/researchers and patient accounts. Not heavily science-oriented, but gives you enough background to understand the importance and difference between the different MRSA strains and the areas in which anti-bacterial resistance emerges, as well as suggestions for how to counter the rising spread of MRSA and the diminishing number of methods to treat it.

  • Roger

    Excellent reporting on an important medical topic. McKenna's book gives a fascinating description of the increasing resistance of Staph variants to the main tools that medicine has for fighting infections. She wove a number of stories through the book in a way that kept me interested. I do believe that I got itchy a number of times while reading parts of it. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in medical science.

  • Jinyan Zhang

    MRSA is little known to people who are not well-versed in medical jargon but yet has wrecked havoc into so many people's lives. It lives around and among us, slowly creeping out into the society and threatening to release a full-blown pandemic with our continuous misuse of antibiotics. A fantastic narration of how the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 has led to the evolution of multi-resistant bacteria that continues to plague the society up till this day.

  • Valley Cottage Library

    SUMMER READING CLUB: "Excellent book on community acquired MRSA- Methicillin Resistant Staph A. Scary look into what ma continue to wreak havoc on our health, particularly children, and how it's been kept quiet."

  • Pancha

    This was a fascinating book, with lots of case studies and interviews with people who have survived MRSA infections and the families of people who have not. In a way it is terrifying, but on the other hand it recounts how hospitals and researchers are dealing with the threat.

  • Ileana

    This book demonstrates the limitations of modern medicine. It was quite instructive and somewhat scary. The fight with Superbugs will never end, we'll have to learn more and more and we need to accept that sometimes we will lose.

  • Tracy

    Good for a lay reader, but my inner medical librarian I needed more meat. Also the topic was presented in more of a sensational manner than I would have liked.

  • Scott Freeman

    A short but informative and unsettling look at a deadly menace. I'm still more freaked out by the prospect of necrotizing fasciitis however.

  • Emily

    Interesting and well-written. Dense and data heavy. Closer to 3.5 but I rounded up.

  • Elizabeth

    As heard on "Fresh Air" on WYPR.

  • Susan Bazin

    Scary scary book

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