If our antibiotics failed it would be like Ebola everyday, here and everywhere in the world. Routine operations would be as dangerous as they were in the 19th century; childbirth would be a terrifying lottery. No More Magic Bullets? reveals the extent of the antibiotics crisis but, unlike the general commentary today, it highlights the novel and imaginative solutions already in the pipeline. What could be more radical than the faecal transplant, one technique that reflects the microbiomic revolution, with our new understanding of the importance of good bacteria? The Gates Foundation and others are working with governments and Big Pharma to revive the pipeline of antibiotic development.
No More Magic Bullets?’ most surprising revelation is that a new cure for bacterial infections is already 100 years old: the bacteriophage (phage). The book tells the vivid story, now coming into prominence, of 100 years of phage therapy, taking in its use in two world wars, a Sinclair Lewis bestseller of the 1920s, and the remarkable Eliava Institute in Georgia. Today, thanks to genomics, phage research is at the cutting edge of the fight against bad bugs. No More Magic Bullets? pulls no punches on the dangers but offers hope and a rational way out of the crisis. It has an urgent, topical message the world needs.
Peter Forbes initially trained as a chemist and worked in pharmaceutical and popular natural history publishing, whilst writing poems, and articles for magazines such as New Scientist and World Medicine. A stint as Southern Arts Writer-in-Residence (1984-6) led to the editorship of the Poetry Society's Poetry Review, Britain's premier poetry magazine, where he nurtured very many young poets in the early stages of their career, including Glyn Maxwell, Sophie Hannah, Gwyneth Lewis and Don Paterson.He has written numerous articles and reviews, many specializing in the relation between the arts...
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