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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The story of Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the microorganism that causes Lyme disease, should interest a wide audience, especially in North America, where much of the narrative unfolds. Psychoanalyst ... Read full review


oNE A Very Small Life
THREE A Brief Aside Touching the Erotic Flea
In Defense of Germs
six In Some Warm Little Pond
NINE Gaia or Nearly Everyones Cousin
ELEven Not Just a Corkscrew
FourTEEN A Fantastic Voyage
EIGHTEEN The Magic of Names
TwentyTwo Machupo and Other Disturbances
TwentyTHREE With Apologies of Sorts

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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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