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Author Reichman, Lee B., 1938-

Title Timebomb : the global epidemic of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis / Lee B. Reichman with Janice Hopkins Tanne.

Published New York : McGraw-Hill, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  614.542 REIC    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm
Contents 1 Ebola with Wings 1 -- 2 Cows and Mummies: A Brief History of Tuberculosis 11 -- 3 World Is Different Now 23 -- 4 TB in the Time of AIDS 43 -- 5 Smoke and Mirrors in Moscow 63 -- 6 Inside the Gulag 87 -- 7 Russian Style of TB Treatment 109 -- 8 Fingerprinting the Bacteria 127 -- 9 Epidemic in New York 139 -- 10 DOTS in the Real World 155 -- 11 Why Are There No New Drugs or Vaccines for TB? 171 -- 12 Unusual Suspects 189 -- 13 Tiger at the Gates 201 -- Epilogue: The Kursk Syndrome 215 -- Hot Zones of MDR-TB 227.
Summary Two billion people -- one-third of the world's population -- are infected with latent tuberculosis. Ten percent of those infected will develop active TB in their lifetimes. A scourge supposedly defeated by antibiotics half a century ago, tuberculosis kills more people today than ever before in history. And the numbers aren't getting any better. Worse yet, this ancient disease is undergoing a metamorphosis, adapting to our misused medications, growing stronger, becoming unbeatable -- becoming multi-drug-resistant.
Dubbed "Ebola with wings," tuberculosis flies through the air that we breathe. It is predicted to kill 30 million people over the next decade. It percolates in hot spots all over the globe, from Brazil to China, from India to Russia. It thrives in the congested prison systems of Siberia, where 30 men and the infection are crowded into a single, airless, smoke-filled cell and there's no infection control for staff and employees. Since the economic collapse of the Soviet Union, high crime rates, the rising tide of HIV/AIDS, and political unrest have combined to make Eastern Europe a breeding ground for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). And every day, international flights touch down on the doorstep of the Western world, potentially carrying the deadly disease into small towns and bustling metropolises.
With clarity and unnerving detail, authors Dr. Lee Reichman and Janice Hopkins Tanne take us into the world of MDR-TB -- inside the dank prisons where the disease is breeding, and into the high-tech labs where the battle is being fought. We take a front-row seat in an operating room where the removal of a TB-devastated lung is rendered in gripping detail. We follow an outreach worker on her daily rounds in a dangerous and disease-ridden city. And we travel deep inside the bacterium itself to observe how it attacks, grows, and too-often triumphs within the human body.
When governments cast a blind eye to blatant warning signs, when pharmaceutical companies won't develop new drugs for "unfashionable" diseases, it is time for the alarm to be sounded. An urgent call to arms, Timebomb reveals the unheard-of true story behind the global epidemic of MDR-TB, and of the men and women who are laboring on the frontlines, in real-life biowarfare, pitting science against the clock.
Other author Tanne, Janice Hopkins.
Subject Tuberculosis -- Popular works.
Multidrug resistance -- Popular works.
ISBN 0071359249 (alk. paper)