Biography of a Germ

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Anchor Books, 2001 - Science - 178 pages
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Arno Karlen, author of Man and Microbes, focuses on a single bacterium in Biography of a Germ, giving us an intimate view of a life that has been shaped by and is in turn transforming our own.

Borrelia burgdorferi is the germ that causes Lyme disease. In existence for some hundred million years, it was discovered only recently. Exploring its evolution, its daily existence, and its journey from ticks to mice to deer to humans, Karlen lucidly examines the life and world of this recently prominent germ. He also describes how it attacks the human body, and how by changing the environment, people are now much more likely to come into contact with it. Charming and thorough and smart, this book is a wonderfully written biography of your not so typical biographical subject.
  

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User Review  - Paul Thillen - Goodreads

Damn interesting and informative, and even humorous at times. His writing allows a truly non scientist like myself to understand what he's saying, no small feat. Truly, it makes me want to read more science books. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Williams - Goodreads

An enjoyable book, short and sweet. The medical aspects of Lyme disease were discussed, but the majority of the book was about the bacteria that cause the disease, a refreshing change from the ... Read full review

Contents

A Very Small Life
3
THREE A Brief Aside Touching the Erotic Flea
12
In Defense of Germs
34
Gain or Nearly Every0nes Cousin
60
ELEVEN N0rjustaC0rkscrew
73
rou1u1 1 11 A Fantastic Voyage
87
SEVENTEEN Rash Discoveries 1 1 1
111
F IHTEF N The Magic of Names
117
rwEN1r1xo Machupo and Other Disturbances
145
TWENTYTHREE With Apologies of Sorts
153
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About the author (2001)

Arno Karlen, Ph.D., a pschoanalyst, has written widely on history and biomedical science. He is the author of Napoleon's Glands and Other Ventures in Biohistory and Man and Microbes: Diseases and Plauges in History and Modern Times. He lives in New York City.


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