Antibacterial Chemotherapy: Theory, Problems, and Practice

Paperback | February 5, 2010

bySebastian Amyes

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Although antibiotics are among the most widely used pharmaceuticals, they are also often inappropriately and over-prescribed. Indeed there are increasing predictions that unless we moderate our use of these drugs, bacterial resistance will eventually render them useless. As there are noserious contenders to take the place of antibiotics, including a failure to find new classes of these drugs, it is essential for modern medicine that their efficacy is preserved.Part of the Oxford Infectious Disease Library, this pocketbook is designed to help medical trainees, general prescribers, healthcare workers and students of all biological and medical sciences to understand how antibiotics work, to demonstrate where they might be most appropriate and to make clearthe threat of antibiotic resistance. In particular, it will highlight the problems currently seen with bacteria such as MRSA and describe the circumstances leading to their persistence.

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Although antibiotics are among the most widely used pharmaceuticals, they are also often inappropriately and over-prescribed. Indeed there are increasing predictions that unless we moderate our use of these drugs, bacterial resistance will eventually render them useless. As there are noserious contenders to take the place of antibiotic...

Sebastian Amyes is Professor of Molecular Chemotherapy at the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 7.09 × 3.94 × 0.01 inPublished:February 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199581363

ISBN - 13:9780199581368

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Antibiotic action - general principles1. Antibiotics - mechanisms of action2. Pharmacokinetics applied to antimicrobials3. Sensitivity and identification tests4. Genetics of antibiotic resistance5. Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance6. Multi-drug resistant bacteria and healthcare-acquired infections7. Multi-drug resistant bacteria and healthcare-acquired infections8. Antimycobacterium therapy9. Clinical use of antibiotics to prevent or control resistance