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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Could Be Worse Than Covid-19

The author of ‘Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens’ explains an overlooked and incoming crisis

A super close up of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.
Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. Photo: KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

he doctors were stumped. They were trying to treat a woman in her seventies who had fallen, broken her femur, and contracted a bacterial infection