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This is the only book that tells both sides of the story of germs: that they are critically important for our health and that the dangers of emerging pathogens continue to wreak havoc in our bodies and around the world.

With straightforward and engaging writing, infectious-diseases Physician Phillip Peterson surveys how our understanding of viruses has changed throughout history, from early plagues and pandemics to more recent outbreaks like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and the Zika virus.

Microbes also takes on contemporary issues like the importance of vaccinations in the face of the growing anti-vaxxer movement, as well as the rise of cutting-edge health treatments like fecal transplants.

Peterson relays his firsthand experience dealing with an unprecedented emergence of new microbial threats. Yet at the same time he has witnessed the astounding recent discoveries of the crucial role of the microbes that colonize our body surfaces in human health.

Microbes explains for general audiences where these germs came from, what they do to and for us, and what can be done to stop the bad actors and foster the benefactors.

©2020 Philip K. Peterson (P)2020 Tantor

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ugh. climate change. humans cause it.

The info in this book is immensely important and valuable.

I gave it 3 stars because at the end the author states that humans are the primary reason for climate change (paraphrased). I am, in no way, a climate change denier. Although many of mankind's activities are definitely not conducive to environmental health, I think climate change is quite a natural occurrence. Warming and cooling cycles are nothing new and these will continue ad infinitum.

I think I would have given a 5 star rating, had the author simply stated something like... The effects of Global Warming (aka Climate Change) may aid in the development of many new, as well as the resurrection of many ancient, microbial diseases.

So, since human caused "Climate Change" is at this time mostly conjecture and scare tactics meant to elicit huge sums of money to be pocketed by ... oops I mean to be spent on ... people who believe they are strong enough to keep the climate from changing, well I guess I'll find a different, less politically correct "scientist" to tell me about microbes / infectious diseases / and similar topics.

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  • 12-02-20

excellent overall review of what you should know

Interesting information That was great to listen to and that kept my attention well And that we all should know