Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Infobase Publishing, 2007 - Medical - 128 pages
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This continuing series explores different diseases to show the science behind how disease-causing organisms affect the body. Microorganisms have plagued humans since the beginning of time, causing debilitating diseases and even death. But how, exactly, do these microorganisms infect and cause disease? The books in this series examine various microbiological scourges that have affected humans as well as the steps that have been taken to identify, isolate, prevent, and eradicate them. Each title will outline the history and treatments of the diseases, highlighting how improvements in prevention and treatment techniques have affected the disease's impact on the world population.
 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Preface
8
What Are Antibiotics?
10
How Do Antibiotics Kill Bacteria?
22
How Do Bacteria Resist Antibiotics?
38
Causes of Antibiotic Resistance
58
Consequences of Antibiotic Resistance
68
The Most Dangerous AntibioticResistant Bacteria
73
Reducing Antibiotic Resistance
100
Glossary
103
Endnotes
108
Bibliography
110
Further Reading
117
Web Sites
118
Index
119
About the Author
128

Strategies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
84
The Future of Antibiotic Resistance
93

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