Dr. Matt McCarthy on Superbugs and How to Stop an Epidemic


Dr. Matt McCarthy is a bestselling author, researcher, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Since the beginning of the pandemic, he has been on the frontline of the pandemic and has treated over 400 COVID-19 patients. An expert in this crisis, he has appeared on media and at congressional briefings with lawmakers to provide his medical knowledge on the coronavirus. He also has giving monthly COVID-19 updates to top corporations, healthcare facilities and institutions based across the country.

His book Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, which was named a USA Today “Book Not to Miss,” is an account of the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs. In this page-turning account, Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics and exhilarating cutting-edge science to provide context for the ongoing fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

A compelling and informative speaker, Dr. McCarthy provides the most current coronavirus updates, explains the COVID-19 vaccine information based on trial results and data for both Moderna and Pfizer, and can explain how the vaccines will be authorized and rolled out.

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Matt McCarthy on Big Think

Praise for Superbugs

A USA Today “Book Not to Miss”

“An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.”
—Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies

“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; Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School; co-author of New York Times bestseller Your Medical Mind

“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

“A riveting insider’s look at the race to find a cure for antibiotic-resistant infections, one of the most pressing challenges in modern medicine…. The author’s storytelling is at once urgent and empathetic, a compelling combination that leaves readers feeling informed and optimistic. Insightful and honest, McCarthy effectively combines useful information about the latest advances in microbial research with accounts of the best aspects of humanity.”

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 humor and warmth, Dr. McCarthy humanizes 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

“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, Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

“McCarthy gives an insider’s look at the history of antibiotics and the urgent fight against deadly, drug-resistant bacteria.”

“In his new book, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, Dr. McCarthy offers a glimmer of hope: a new way to both cure and prevent future superbug infections with a single treatment.”
—Christian Broadcasting Network

—WNYC’s All of It with Alison Stewart

“McCarthy weaves the history of the life-saving drugs into a suspenseful account of his own role in a groundbreaking clinical trial..”
The Boston Globe Magazine

“It may sound like another sci-fi superhero movie, but physician and author Matt McCarthy warns that the topic of lethal bacteria is not to be taken lightly…McCarthy explains how these pathogens have built up a resistance to our current arsenal of antibiotics.”
NPR All Things Considered

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