Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Emerg Infect Dis., book review, extract, edited)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, book review, full text: <cite cite="">Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA | CDC EID</cite>. Extract, edited.]

Volume 16, Number 10?October 2010
Book Review

Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Maryn McKenna
Free Press, New York, New York, USA, 2010
ISBN-10: 141655727X
ISBN-13: 978-1416557272
Pages: 288; Price: US $26.00

This book is an extensively researched and detailed review of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by Maryn McKenna, a journalist and the former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beat reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Although McKenna has a background in science reporting, she infused this work with drama, an approach that will draw in some readers but be off-putting to others. To the reader familiar with MRSA, the use of hyperbole coupled with factual inaccuracies leaves one wondering where truth stops and fiction begins. These shortcomings may keep this work off scholarly reading lists.