I loved this book. Jim Murphy is such an expert at researching and presenting fascinating topics at the middle grade level. He captured me again with this one. I must admit the nurse in me was very intrigued by the topic of Tuberculosis. You cannot be in the medical field and not have had some kind of exposure to TB and its history. In spite of my medical background, there was so much information I never knew in this book. In the Author’s Note, he explains that they attempted to tell the story in 3 prongs. 1. Biography of the Germ 2. History of science and treatment 3. Social issues around the victims of this disease. I am not sure which area I enjoyed more.
I have always been fascinated by the history of health knowledge and treatments throughout time. Some of the theories seem sooooo primitive and even crazy when compared to modern medicine. And yet, how many of our principles of today will seem primitive and crazy in a mere 50 years from now????
The thread about social issues was provocative. So many lessons we never seem to learn. The idea of forbidding medical care to large portions of the population because of their race or ethnicity is disturbing but not hard to believe. The treatments that were promoted for pure financial gain with absolutely no medical basis are shameful and ever present.
Finally, the idea that we have never completely defeated the enemy, Tuberculosis, should stick with every reader. Our medical world is rife with micro-organisms that are mutating faster than our technology can compete. We should never lose our diligence against disease and its partner, poverty.
Nonfiction Monday is a weekly meme in the Kidlitosphere that invites bloggers to read and review a nonfiction book on Monday as a way to promote high-quality nonfiction titles. Each week, a different blogger “hosts” Nonfiction Monday and provides a roundup of all the posts. This week Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Supratentorial