Secret Life of Germs What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them

ISBN-10: 0743421884
ISBN-13: 9780743421881
Edition: 2004
Authors: Philip M. Tierno
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 1/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

They're on everything we touch, eat, and breathe in -- on every inch of skin. And despite the advances of science, germs are challenging medicine in ways that were unimaginable ten years ago. No wonder the world is up in arms -- and using antibacterial soaps. From the common cold, E. coli, and Lyme disease to encephalitis, mad cow disease, and flesh-eating bacteria, Tierno takes readers on a historical survey of the microscopic world. Rebuffing scare tactics behind recent "germ events" Tierno explains how the recycling of matter is the key to life. Yes, he'll tell you why it's a good idea to clean children's toys, why those fluffy towels may not be so clean, and why you never want to buy a second-hand mattress, but he also reveals that there is a lot we can do to prevent germ-induced suffering. You'll never look at anything the same way again.

Acknowledgments
The Animalcules
Seeds of Disease, Seeds of Life
How We Make Each Other Sick
The Germ Domain
The Germ Factory
The Enemy Within
The Seeds of Disease
Person to Person
Common Ground
In Thin Air
On the Wing and on Eight Little Legs
The New Age
Not the Usual Suspects
The Germ Revolt
Germ Warfare and Terrorism
Germs for Life
Index

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