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

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The social and medical history of the ravages of tuberculosis and search for a cure is presented in clear, accessible language. Archival photographs and drawings. (10-14)

— From Science


This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years:
tuberculosis. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes
TB was identified, and the cure was thought to be within reach—but drug-resistant
varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The “biography” of this deadly
germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and “cure” of the disease over time,
and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent
among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative.
Bibliography, source notes, index.

About the Author

Jim Murphy's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book two Newbery Honors, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Jim also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family. Visit him online at

Alison Blank is a children’s book author and TV producer. She has cowritten two nonfiction books, Invincible Microbe and Banished to Paradise, with her husband, award-winning author Jim Murphy. They live with their two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Praise For…

"Lively text complemented by excellent, well-placed reproductions of photographs, drawings, flyers, woodcuts, posters and ads . . . . Who knew the biography of a germ could be so fascinating?" —Kirkus Review, starred review"This is a solid and timely addition to nonfiction resources on sickness and human history."—VOYA, 4Q 3P J S"An engaging read."—Horn Book"The writing is crisp and clinical . . . Students researching diseases or medical breakthroughs will find this book both informative and interesting."—School Library Journal, starred review"Wide ranging in breadth, yet always well focused on the topic at hand, this fascinating book offers a sharply detailed picture of tuberculosis throughout history."—Booklist, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780618535743
ISBN-10: 0618535748
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Pages: 160
Language: English

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