An all–encompassing look at different types of antibiotics and the high–priority issue of antibiotic resistance
Important weapons in the arsenal of modern medicine, antibiotics remain the greatest and most effective combatant known for fighting infectious diseases. However, recent factors spurring an increase in resistant bacteria strains pose a serious threat to the efficacy of antibiotic drugs an alarming prospect for healthcare specialists around the globe.
Separating itself from standard texts in the field that discuss antibiotics solely within the context of bacteriology and infectious diseases, Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance singles out antibiotics as a unique group of agents. Both concise and comprehensive, this forward–thinking guide serves as more than just a general reference on different types of antibiotics and their specific medicinal properties. It also includes an in–depth discussion of antibiotic resistance mechanisms to closely examine how they cultivate malicious bacteria that stably resist our therapeutic efforts. In addition, Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance:
Provides a wide–ranging overview of topics in antibiotics and antibiotics resistance
Describes molecular mechanisms of resistance and newly observed genetic principles for the spread of resistance
Enables readers to learn about antibiotics in a way that specifically concentrates on the importance of counteracting resistance
Filled with recent examples of efforts to find new antibacterial agents, Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance emerges as a valuable tool for allowing future scientists to recognize the telltale signs of antibiotic–resistant strains, while helping them to invigorate their research in the race to head off a potentially critical health crisis.
2. Distribution of Antibiotics.
3. Sulfonamides and Trimethoprim.
7. Further Antibiotics Interfering with Bacterial Protein Synthesis.
9. Antibacterial Agents that are not Related to the Large Antibiotic Families.
10. Mechanisms for the Horizontal Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Among Bacterial.
11. How to Handle Resistance Against Antibiotics?
This is a good book with good information about antibiotics. It fits nicely in the pocket of a laboratory coat and could be carried around by physicians. It concludes with a serious message –– that we have enjoyed the use of antibiotics on a "loan from nature," and this loan is expiring with a "threat of foreclosure. (Doody s, 6 April 2012)