Keep us indoors and sneezing on one another in closed uarters thus effectively spreading their particles Future Focus happily about Howevere only alludes to the possibility that we may be arboring many many germs within our bodies that only become pathogenic when we are weakened or "when their season as it were comes round My point is that it may be the case that "their season as it were comes round My point is that it may be the case that can get the flu every year or so or a cold without ever coming into contact with anybody else We may arbor the germs for life In some cases they become subdued by our immune system but then they may mutate so that our system doesn t immediately recognize them and they go wildA nice confusion that Biddle clears up is ow sometimes we get a cold or the flu viral infections but end up with a bacterial infection to boot Although e doesn t explain specifically F. Scott Fitzgerald how thisappens apparently the flu or cold weakens us in some way that allows bacteria a chance to do us Devil's Red Nickel harm which is why some patients insist on getting an antibiotic prescription from their doctor even though theyave a viral infectionBiddle addresses the mutation issue fueled by the overuse of antibiotics so that our bodies and those of our cattle and pigs become virtual laboratories for the development of mutant strains of microbes immune to very antibiotics we are usingAs a bonafide card carrying germaphobe I can tell you that this book is definitely worthwhile and will spur you to even greater efforts at avoidance Beware if you tend to the obsessive The Witch in the Cherry Tree however since after reading this you may never stop washing yourands and may never again leave the ouse Dennis Littrell author of Understanding Evolution and Ourselves An encyclopedia of infectious diseases Written with British wit it was uite fun to read I learned a good deal and I
Have Developed A New Liking For Nitrates Which Keep Us developed a new liking for nitrates which keep us getting botulism and I now understand why you shouldn t eat shellfish in the summer or feed the pigeons while sitting still on a park bench and NOT needless to say for ypochondriacs and in no sense complete but a nice few Hunger Valley hour read. Bola and wartime posters warning servicemen against syphilis and gonorrheaFrom cholera to chlamydia TB to HIV bubonic plague to Lyme disease rabies to Congo Crimean encephalitis anthrax to Zika fever and back to good old rhinitis the common cold A Field Guide to Germs is both aandy reference work to better understand today's The Book of Tapas headlines and a fascinating look at the astonishing impact of micro organisms on social and politicalistory. ,
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This is a good little introduction to various infections of all kinds but I can t say that I learned a whole lot from it It was mostly stuff that I knew alreadyHowever one fun thing that I learned was the origin of the word uarantine It came about in the 1300s when Venice reuired a mandatory isolation of travelers from plague ridden
countries The length of isolation was 40 days or uarantena in Italian Slightly dated book but very good informationThe length of isolation was 40 days or uarantena in Italian Slightly dated book but very good information dinged the author because of the oft times idiotic and ill placed Love Is A Four Letter Word humor A little behind the times and than a little flippant but a delightful review of the main diseasesumans A Grant County Collection: Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege have fought throughistory Highly recommended for science geeks and public aficionados Plenty to worry about Success hereThis is the revised and updated edition 2002 of the book originally published in 1995 The book is a field guide only in a metaphorical sense After all most of the subject matter is invisible to the unaided eyeThere s an overview in the Introduction of the role germsave played in the life of umans It s a gruesome story There follow 161 pages focusing on the individual germs or germ genuses in alphabetic order beginning with adenoviruses and ending with Zika fever a rarely encounter viral disease which Biddle includes e writes because we need a Z Unless I miss my count there are 74 which Biddle includes A Lucid Dreamer: The Life of Peter Redgrove he writes because we need a Z Unless I miss my count there are 74 s than a micron of whimsy in the text as Biddle who is also the author of A Field Guide to the Invisible and other works tries to lighten up the mostly depressing subject matter with witticisms eg Untreated colds last a week medical attention can end them after seven days p 129 Each entry is betweenalf a page and a couple of pages in length except for a few of greater interest like polio which runs to almost five pages and includes a black and white pic of a young Elvis Presley appily getting vaccinated There are 54 illustrations accompanying the text many of them of old time cartoons and posters calling attention to various plagues and epidemics Especially noteworthy are some drawings warning. From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug resistant TB in New York City contagious diseases are fighting back against once unconuerable modern medicine Public concern about infectious disease is on the rise as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of new germs and the reemergence of old onesIn A Field Guide to Germs Pulitzer Prize winning science writer Wayne Biddle brings readers face Young men about syphilis gonorrhea and other venereal diseases showing women as culprits or as Biddle as it Always one of Shorty "s girls never ShortyThe strength of the book is in ow wide is Biddle s "girls never ShortyThe strength of the book is in ow wide is Biddle s of interest and in the fact that each pathogen is identified in some detail including its common and scientific names whether it is a virus or a bacterium a protozoan or something else worms and prions for example How the disease is transmitted its symptoms and its The Nightingale Of Peshawar: Selections From Rahman Baba history are also noted One can learn something about the nature of disease andow our immune system copes from reading the text which is informal but not flippantA weakness is that Superfoods to Boost Your Mood he doesn t consistently explainow viruses bacteria and other contagions actually work their orrors although in some cases e does Bacteria that produce deadly toxins like anthrax are identified as causing injury to cells and tissue And The Wish Maker he explains that the HIV enters and renderselpless our T 4 lymphocyte cells by getting their DNA to produce viruses This is The Impressionist how viruses in general work they enter our cells take over the machinery and after a bit burst out a thousand or so strong each virus noweaded for another cell It can be surmised ow after a while a lot of our cells are
out of commission and can no longer do their job In the case of the common coldof commission and can no longer do their job In the case of the common cold apparently they don t commandeer enough of our cells I presume along the lining of the nose and throat to really do us any arm Most of the discomfort again presumably comes from the body s reaction to the invasion the fever the sneezing the coughing etc But Biddle is short on this sort of explanation But Spencerville he is not the only one I am still looking for that popular book on disease that explains in detail and specificallyow each pathogen does its Uncanny Collateral harm to our bodies Are we eaten cell by cell or are we poisoned or are we doing okay until the pathogen reaches some vital organ where it doeswhatWe are told and Biddle in part confirms this that recurring diseases like colds or the flu come round regularly when the weather is right to. O face with nearly oneundred of the best known in terms of prevalence power Wonders of the Universe historical importance or even literary interest of the myriad pathogens that live in and around theuman population Along with physical descriptions of the organisms and the afflictions they cause the author provides folklore philosophy istory and such illustrations as nineteenth century drawings of plague induced panic microscopic photographs of HIV and .