Review – The Perfect Predator

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The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee

4.5 stars

The Perfect Predator is a science memoir from epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee, recounting the story of her husband contracting a deadly superbug during their trip to Egypt in 2015, which mixed with pancreatitis, formed a deadly situation.

Steffanie’s husband was on death’s door for several months before she started researching the possibility of phage therapy, which was an old form of therapy rarely used in modern times.

The memoir was fascinating from start to finish and the author fused the emotional aspect of having a loved one on death’s door together with the scientific element of searching for a cure.

I felt like I learned a lot while reading the memoir about superbugs from this memoir, which is a topic that I haven’t thought about since I read Dr. Paul Farmer’s book, Pathologies of Power, which included a chapter about multi-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis (MDSR-TB) in Russia, over a decade ago. The topic is an important one because we are seeing strains of diseases that are resistant to drugs that are supposed to cure such disease.

I received an e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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