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This book takes you through a realistic case study of diagnosis and treatment of someone with a bacterial infection to the microbe Staphylococcus aureus, and how it ultimately led to antimicrobial resistance where the microbe could no longer be fully expelled from the person’s body with current antibiotic treatments. The pocket-accordion structure of the book contains cards where the text reveals on one side the progress of the illness through a patient and doctor narrative, while the other side holds a fact about antibiotic and antibiotic resistance, and how it effects current healthcare. The visuals in the simplest of manners represent the methods of study on Staphylococcus aureus as the various colored circles represent media where the bacteria is cultured, the green forms represent the progression of the culture presence of the bacteria in the patient’s body, and the purple grape-like forms are the specific structural formation of the bacterial known as grouped cocci. For a subject as unappealing as bacteria and illness is, the vibrancy and playfulness of the visuals does the work of drawing the viewers’ attention despite the subject matter. The text, while accurate to the occurrence of antibiotic resistance and treatment of bacterial infections, also remains vague to certain details leaving the reader wondering and thinking what might gone wrong – was it the way the doctor treated the patient, did the patient not properly follow the treatment instructions, or what it just a case of chance? This allows for the questioning and thought of what role the misuse of antibiotics might play in their continued inability to work as well as increased occurrences of antibiotic resistance, and how that might be prevented if they were used properly and if institutions of medicine should consider and put efforts into other means of treating bacterial infections.

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John C. Hitt Library


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