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

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

by Jim Murphy, Alison Blank

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Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love to read all things medical, even science fiction medical. So when I saw this children's book about tuberculosis, I thought why not? Also the girl on the cover with the fancy headband beckoned to me. I can remember the special stamps for it and my mother and my husband both found out that they had tuberculosis long after the fact. So I was curious about what they went through.'Invincible Microbes' is richly illustrated with photos, drawings and posters of the past. So it is a joy to look at. Some of my favorites are of Charles II "curing tuberculosis " with a laying on of hands, a photo of a crowded street in New York in 1896 and a picture of patients in a row of beds at a sanatorium outdoors in the winter!There is also a good bibliography and section labeled source notes in the back. I did wish for some footnotes because some of the things were so fantastic that I wanted to match it with the original source and find out more.It tells the history of tuberculosis and everything that is related to it in social history. It is enjoyable reading, never boring. I did wonder if a nine year be interested in it so I would limit it to children with an interest in medicine or history. I thought that the social history was one of the best aspects of this book; I hope that the author tackles other diseases in the same way as this. I would be interested in a book about polio or maybe some disease that children would already have some experience with.I think that it explains concepts such as "Super Germs" very well and encourage children to take all of their medicine even after they are feeling well. Also, the chapter on "Hot Spots" makes the reader realize that tuberculosis still is not eliminated. I received this book from the Amazon Vine Program but that in no way influenced my review.