The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World

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University Press of New England, May 3, 2016 - Health & Fitness - 248 pages
Handwashing, as part of basic hygiene, is a no-brainer. Whenever there's an outbreak of a contagious disease, we are advised that the first line of defense is proper handwashing. Nonetheless, many people, including healthcare workers, ignore this advice and routinely fail to wash their hands. Those who neglect to follow proper handwashing protocols put us at risk for serious disease - and even death. In this well-researched book, Wahrman discusses the microbes that live among us, both benign and malevolent. She looks at how ancient cultures dealt with disease and hygiene and how scientific developments led to the germ theory, which laid the foundation for modern hygiene. She investigates hand hygiene in clinical settings, where lapses by medical professionals can lead to serious, even deadly, complications. She explains how microbes found on environmental surfaces can transmit disease and offers strategies to decrease transmission from person to person. The book's final chapter explores initiatives for grappling with ever more complex microbial issues, such as drug resistance and the dangers of residing in an interconnected world, and presents practical advice for hand hygiene and reducing infection. With chapters that conclude with handy reference lists, The Hand Book serves as a road map to safer hands and better hygiene and health. It is essential reading for the general public, healthcare professionals, educators, parents, community leaders, and politicians.

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User Review  - BarbaraS2016 - LibraryThing

I received this book as an early review copy from library thing. Many people might consider this topic to be dry, boring, done, nothing more to learn but I found this book and this topic to be ... Read full review

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Great information about how germs are spread and ways you can avoid getting sick and spreading disease. Definitely incorporating many of her suggestions into my life. Read full review


1 Handwashing Habits Hygiene and Health
Historic and Biological Roots of Hygiene
3 First Do No Harm
4 Touch at Your Own Risk
Protecting Ourselves and Society
Its Not a Game
Epilogue I Want to Hold Your Hand

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MIRYAM Z. WAHRMAN is professor of biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey and the author of Brave New Judaism: When Science and Scripture Collide, as well as hundreds of articles on science, health, and bioethics. An award-winning journalist and science correspondent, Wahrman developed and teaches graduate courses in bioethics and research methods and conducts research on microbes on environmental surfaces.

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