Thorough guide to the top 100 potentially unfriendly organisms, microbes, bacteria and germs
YA�Historical and scientific information on the various bacteria, viruses, and other unfriendly critters with which humans must cope is presented in an informal, almost humorous manner. From the common rhinoviruses and Chinese restaurant syndrome (msg overdose) to the unusual Q fever or yersinia pestis (bubonic plague), each microorganism is discussed in the same factual, but witty style. Alphabetically arranged, each article varies in length but is generally two-to-four pages. Biddle gives the origin of the scientific words, which helps readers understand the disease itself, and then discusses how it has influenced history and thus today's social attitudes. Although medically accurate, the level of technical difficulty makes this a perfect choice for both browsers and biology researchers. It is too bad the cover is drab and unappealing. Fifty black-and-white photographs of germs under a microscope, posters showing the beliefs of the time, or doctors at work highlight the topics under discussion. The index is vital as the disorders are examined under their more scientific name.�Gary Filmore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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June 25, 2002
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