The White Hart Speaker Series

Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 at 6:00pm


The White Hart Speaker Series: Dr. Matt McCarthy “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.”

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn, Scoville Memorial Library and Oblong Books & Music

“New York Times” bestselling author Dr. Matt McCarthy will share the exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in his new book. Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable “Superbugs”, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability.

McCarthy is the author of two national bestsellers, “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly” and “Odd Man Out”. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves on the Ethics Committee. His work has appeared in “Sports Illustrated”, “Slate”,  “New England Journal of Medicine”, and “Deadspin”. He reviews nonfiction for “USA Today” and is editor-in-chief of “Current Fungal Infection Reports”.

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