Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

The End of Modern Medicine?

This is an important new book on the pressing issue of anti-microbial resistance. Engagingly written, well informed and provocative, it is a clear call to action for New Zealanders on one of the most critical issues we face.
Professor Kurt L Krause, Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Otago

In ten years’ time, will antibiotics still work? Have we let bacteria get the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race?

In the 1920s the discovery of the antibiotic penicillin started a golden age of medicine. However, experts warn that the end of that age may be just a decade away. In this BWB Text, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explores the looming crisis of antibiotic resistance and its threat to New Zealand. Wiles concludes that New Zealand must do more to protect the public from a future without antibiotics.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Apr 2017
Pages: 136
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518653
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518653

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