Complementary new titles offer comprehensive view of antibiotics and resistance

WASHINGTON, DC October 17, 2005 -- Taken together, two new titles from ASM Press provide a complete encyclopedic reference on antibiotics and the strategies microorganisms have developed to resist them.

Antimicrobial Agents: Antibacterials and Antifungals, compiled by Andr Brysker of Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceutical company in Romainville, France, is a significant revision of an original French reference published by Ellipses Publishers in 1999. Featuring more than 1,200 illustrations, over 1,500 tables, and more than 3,000 references, this major new volume comprehensively covers the history, chemistry, synthesis, mechanisms of action, pharmacology, and efficacy of all antimicrobial agents.

The text opens with foundational material covering the history of antibacterial chemotherapy, the system of classifying antimicrobial agents, the epidemiology of resistance, and the development of an antibiotic. The body of the text is divided into antimicrobial classes, including new chapters that extensively cover Helicobacter pylori and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Also examined are antimicrobial agents that are in advanced states of development, products that are used on animals, agents that are as yet unexplored, and those for which development has ceased. All existing chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect advances in technology and research since the publication of the original edition.

"This book is a tribute to the work of chemists and biologists who have, over the past 50 to 60 years, discovered and developed these 'miracle' drugs we call antibiotics and antimicrobials," says Stuart Levy, of Tufts University, in the book's foreword. "In one single place the history, chemical structure, synthesis, mechanisms of action pharmacology and efficacy virtually 'all you need to know' about antibiotics are presented. It is a 'bible' in this field."

A complementary publication, Frontiers in Antimicrobial Resistance:

Contact: Jim Sliwa
American Society for Microbiology

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