Antibiotic Resistance

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.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Resistance Problem
Chapter 2. Working with Pathogens
Chapter 3. A Survey of Antibiotics
Chapter 4. Dosing to Cure
Chapter 5. Emergence of Resistance
Chapter 6. Movement of Resistance Genes Among Pathogens
Chapter 7. Transmission of Resistant Disease
Chapter 8. Surveillance
Chapter 9. Making New Antibiotics
Chapter 10. Restricting Antibiotic Use and Optimizing Dosing
Chapter 11. Influenza and Antibiotic Resistance
Chapter 12. Avoiding Resistant Pathogens

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press (October, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131387731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131387737
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