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The Killers Within

The Deadly Rise Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Michael Shnayerson, Mark J. Plotkin


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Go behind the scenes and learn the shocking truth about how physicians are fighting against new and evolving bacteria in this "compelling -- if terrifying -- account of the rise of antibiotic resistance" (Wall Street Journal).

Right now, a battle is taking place on the frontiers of medicine between rapidly evolving bacteria that threaten our health and the doctors who are struggling to outwit them. These bacteria are everywhere: in and on our bodies, in homes, schools, hospitals, crowded airplanes, day-care centers. And, as The Killers Within makes frighteningly clear, so far the bacteria are winning.

Back Bay Books, 9780316735667, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2003

About the Author

Michael Shnayerson is a long-time contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of eight books on a range of nonfiction subjects, from biographies of entertainer Harry Belafonte (My Song) and New York governor Andrew Cuomo (The Contender) to narrative-driven accounts of drug-resistant bacteria (The Killer Within) and mountaintop coal removal (Coal River). Shnayerson is married to Gayfryd Steinberg, and lives in Sag Harbor and Manhattan.