Missing microbes : how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues /
Martin J. Blaser, MD.
imprint
Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2015.
description
273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0805098100 (hbk.), 9780805098105 (hbk.), 9780805098112 (electronic copy)
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imprint
Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2015.
isbn
0805098100 (hbk.)
9780805098105 (hbk.)
9780805098112 (electronic copy)
contents note
Modern plagues -- Our microbial planet -- The human microbiome -- The rise of pathogens -- The wonder drugs -- The overuse of antibiotics -- The modern farmer -- Mother and child -- A forgotten world -- Heartburn -- Trouble breathing -- Taller -- ... And fatter -- Modern plagues revisited -- Antibiotic winter -- Solutions.
abstract
In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the equilibrium and health of our bodies. Now this invisible Eden is under assault from our overreliance on medical advances including antibiotics and caesarian sections, threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes and leading to severe health consequences. Taking us into the lab to recount his groundbreaking studies, Blaser not only provides elegant support for his theory, he guides us to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.
catalogue key
10152631
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-256) and index.

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