Invincible Microbe (Hardcover)

Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

By Jim Murphy, Alison Blank

Clarion Books, 9780618535743, 149pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2012



This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years:
tuberculosis. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes
TB was identified, and the cure was thought to be within reach--but drug-resistant
varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The "biography" of this deadly
germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time,
and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent
among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative.
Bibliography, source notes, index.

Praise For Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

"The broad focus of the slim volume allows it to be about many things: medical discovery, technology, art and how people from all walks of life have dealt with a deadly disease that pays no attention to social distinctions."--Kirkus, starred review

"This is a solid and timely addition to nonfiction resources on sickness and human history."--VOYA, 4Q 3P J S