“Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure” Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

ARC (Advanced Reading Copy). Published July 10, 2012. Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 144 pp. (includes Bibliography, Source Notes and Picture Credits).

Jim Murphy and his wife Alison Blank have created an important, compelling, non-fiction narrative of the “Scourge to the Earth,” otherwise known as Tuberculosis. Using historical background, as well as photographs and other primary source documents, the story of Tuberculosis and its affect on humans as far back as 500,000 years ago is documented.

Also included are the many ways those suffering from Tuberculosis, also known as Consumption, sought cures. Details of the important advances made in medicine are unveiled, including the discovery of important antibiotics and drug therapies. Unfortunately, even in the year 2012, there is no cure for Tuberculosis, and it still rages unchecked in many nations of the world.

Murphy and Blank’s interesting and informative work will help students in both elementary and middle schools to better understand the disease, and the roles they can play in keeping it at bay.

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