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San Diego Scientist Finds ‘Perfect Predator’ To Save Husband’s Life

Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson, co-authors of, “The Perfect Predato...

Credit: UC San Diego Health

Above: Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson, co-authors of, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a deadly Superbug,” in an undated photo.

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Promotional photo of the book cover for "The Perfect Predator" by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson.

'Perfect Predator' Book Event

Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson will discuss their book at a free, public event on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick's Books in La Jolla.

A scientist racing against time to save her husband who is dying from an antibiotic-resistant superbug. The answer lies in a long-forgotten therapy not used in modern-American hospitals.

It sounds like the plot to a fictional medical thriller. But it happens to be the life experience of Thomas Patterson, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and Steffanie Strathdee an epidemiologist, both at UC San Diego.

Patterson’s life was saved not by antibiotics but by the use of phage therapy, using a virus found in fecal matter that "eats" bacteria. Strathdee, Patterson's partner in world travel and life, researched and championed the use of the experimental treatment, and it worked.

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Strathdee and Patterson join Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about the new memoir, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a deadly Superbug,” they wrote about the experience.

Strathdee and Patterson will discuss their book at a free, public event on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick's Books in La Jolla.

GUESTS:

Steffanie Strathdee, co-author, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband From a Deadly Superbug.”

Thomas Patterson, co-author, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband From a Deadly Superbug.”

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