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Book and Media Reviews
February 14, 2007

Viruses vs Superbugs: A Solution to the Antibiotic Crisis?

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(6):644-648. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.644

Having recently written a short review of phage therapy,1 I was eager to read Viruses vs Superbugs, by Swiss science journalist Thomas Häusler. I have a longstanding research interest in Yersinia bacteriophages and have followed developments in phage therapy for several years.

Having read William C. Summers' extensive biography of Félix d’Herelle,2 I found much of the information in Viruses vs Superbugs familiar, but Häusler has added many new details, which make his book rewarding as well. It was also interesting to read of the work and thoughts of researchers that the author interviewed, some of whom I have met.