The best hospitals have more superbugs. Do patients have a right to know? | Matt McCarthy

August 6th, 2019

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Give yourself the gift of knowledge — subscribe to Big Think Edge: The premier hospitals tend to have the most superbugs — they also have the best experts. - Many of the best hospitals also have superbugs within their walls. - One medical dilemma is whether to tell patients about a superbug's presence: will it inhibit them from seeking care? -The best hospitals may have the most superbugs, but they also have the experts who know how to treat patients sickened by bacteria, and possess some of the most powerful antibiotics around. Matt McCarthy, MD, graduated from Harvard Medical School and went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the author of two national bestsellers, "The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly" and "Odd Man Out." His newest book, "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic" is on-sale now ( McCarthy is also an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: