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The secret life of germs : observations and lessons from a microbe hunter, Philip M. Tierno, Jr

Label
The secret life of germs : observations and lessons from a microbe hunter
Title
The secret life of germs
Title remainder
observations and lessons from a microbe hunter
Statement of responsibility
Philip M. Tierno, Jr
Title variation
Germs
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The world-renowned doctor who cracked the Toxic Shock riddle now cuts through the collective germaphobia with a fascinating journey through the vast germ universe with reassuring guidance on risk protection. In GERMS Dr. Philip Tierno explains what kinds of threats actually exist by revealing the mechanisms behind some 150 recent germ "events." He dismantles sensationalist media scares to offer a glimpse of the underlying principles of the miracle of life, & takes the reader into the elegantly ordered world of microbes. He discusses pioneers of the "Germ Century," such as Louis Pasteur, examines the "germ factory" that is the human body, & scrutinizes a typical home. Find out why it's a good idea to clean children's toys, why those fluffy towels may not be so clean, & why you never want to buy a second-hand mattress. They're everywhere. Silent and invisible to the naked eye, they're on everything we touch, eat, breathe -- on every single inch of our skin. And despite the remarkable advances of science, germs are challenging medicine in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago. Due to an explosion of infections never before reported in modern history and a new germ horror story surfacing every week, it's no small wonder that we're frightened -- and that antibacterial soaps are a billion-dollar business. Now, renowned microbiologist Philip Tierno cuts through the media hype with the compulsively readable Secret Life Of Germs, revealing exactly where the greatest threats may be hiding. The Secret Life Of Germs provides an inside view of this fascinating and elegantly ordered microscopic world -- from the common cold, E. coli, and Lyme disease to encephalitis, mad cow disease, and anthrax. It takes readers on a historical survey of the culprits of disease and explores the effect that they -- and the scientists who study them -- have had on our world. Rising above the common scare-tactic techniques used by many authors, Dr. Tierno's message is an optimistic one. Recognizing that humans are more often than not the main spreaders of disease, he offers numerous protective response strategies -- health and hygiene tips for inside and outside the home, advice on food safety, and pointers on human contact -- to stop the transmittal. Filled with practical and enlightening information, The Secret Life Of Germs is an engaging book that will keep readers mesmerized while helping them stay healthy
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tierno, Philip M
Dewey number
616/.01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QR56
LC item number
.T54 2001
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QR56
NAL item number
.T54 2001
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2002 A-404
  • QW 4
NLM item number
T564s 2001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Microbiology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Microorganisms
  • Microbiology
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious
Label
The secret life of germs : observations and lessons from a microbe hunter, Philip M. Tierno, Jr
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 4.
  • The germ factory
  • 5.
  • The enemy within
  • pt. 2.
  • The seeds of disease
  • 6.
  • Person to person
  • 7.
  • Common ground
  • pt. 1.
  • 8.
  • In thin air
  • 9.
  • On the wing and on eight little legs
  • pt. 3.
  • The new age
  • 10.
  • Not the usual suspects
  • 11.
  • The germ revolt
  • The animalcules
  • 12.
  • Germ warfare and terrorism
  • 13.
  • Germs for life
  • 1.
  • Seeds of disease, seeds of life
  • 2.
  • How we make each other sick
  • 3.
  • The germ domain
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 290 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036859481
Label
The secret life of germs : observations and lessons from a microbe hunter, Philip M. Tierno, Jr
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 4.
  • The germ factory
  • 5.
  • The enemy within
  • pt. 2.
  • The seeds of disease
  • 6.
  • Person to person
  • 7.
  • Common ground
  • pt. 1.
  • 8.
  • In thin air
  • 9.
  • On the wing and on eight little legs
  • pt. 3.
  • The new age
  • 10.
  • Not the usual suspects
  • 11.
  • The germ revolt
  • The animalcules
  • 12.
  • Germ warfare and terrorism
  • 13.
  • Germs for life
  • 1.
  • Seeds of disease, seeds of life
  • 2.
  • How we make each other sick
  • 3.
  • The germ domain
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 290 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036859481

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