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Matt McCarthy is the author of two US bestsellers, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly and Odd Man Out. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves on the Ethics Committee. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin. He reviews nonfiction for USA Today and is editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.


`There might not be another author who so fluidly combines a world-class doctor and researcher's knowledge and experience with a memoirist's sensibility. Matt McCarthy is Siddhartha Mukherjee and David Sedaris rolled into one. Who else but McCarthy could write a dispatch from the front lines of the secret fight for the future of the human race that is not just gripping and illuminating, but also poignant and funny?'

-- Ben Reiter, New York Times bestselling author of Astroball

`Written from the front lines in the battle against resistant microbes, Superbugs will educate and inspire all those concerned about the growing threat to individuals and society. McCarthy offers a fast paced, vivid narrative that grips the reader from the opening pages and never lets go.'

-- Jerome Groopman MD * co-author of Your Medical Mind *

`Superbugs is a riveting look into the world of bacteria and antibiotics. Dr. Matt McCarthy offers a compulsively readable tour through infectious disease. With his characteristic humour and warmth, Dr. McCarthy humanises a fascinating and timely topic that has resonance for us all. In a voice that is thoughtful and honest, punctuated by sharp wit, he reveals the drugs and dilemmas that will impact humanity for years to come. This is a rare and important book.'

-- Daniela Lamas, author of You Can Stop Humming Now

`An amazing informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future'

-- Siddhartha Mukherjee

`A perfect work of popular science. Like Atul Gawande, Matt McCarthy has the magical ability to transmit deeply technical knowledge in a way that makes the reader feel like part of a high-level professional conversation; like Michael Lewis, a gift for the place where big ideas overlap; like Elizabeth Kolbert, a sense of narrative urgency about the state of the present world that makes anything outside its pages seem trivial. Magnificent.'

-- Charles Finch, winner of National Book Critics Circle Award

`Dr. Matt McCarthy ... writes about the `microscopic miracles' that lie beneath the soil.'

-- Sarah Berry * Sydney Morning Herald *

`The rise of the superbug has transformed each working hour into a battle to outwit the treatment-resistant bacteria that threaten patients' lives ... In McCarthy's new book, he explains through the stories of his patients what antibiotic resistance means to every one of us.'

-- Simon Crompton * The Times *

`Intriguing ... This book discusses many big things, along with microscopic ones, and the two combine to provide a valuable insight to a challenge facing us all, whether doctor or patient.'

-- Robin Osborne * GPSpeak *

`It is a fascinating read, enhanced by his detours into medical history ... McCarthy can wring suspense from fungal infection and faculty meetings.'

-- Jenny Nicholls * North and South *

`Mostly heart-breaking, but at times laugh-out-loud funny ... Superbugs is an immersive and educational read that combines feelings of futility with a sense of hope at just the right moments.'

-- Anna Kosmynina * COSMOS *

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