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Good Germs, Bad Germs

Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

Jessica Snyder Sachs

Hill and Wang

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Public sanitation and antibiotic drugs have brought about historic increases in the human life span; they have also unintentionally produced new health crises by disrupting the age-old balance between humans and the microorganisms that inhabit our bodies and our environment. As a result, antibiotic resistance now ranks among the gravest medical problems of modern times.
 
Good Germs, Bad Germs addresses not only this issue but also what has become known as the “hygiene hypothesis”—an argument that links the over-sanitation of modern life to now-epidemic increases in immune and other disorders. Jessica Snyder Sachs explores our emerging understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and its resident microbes. She also looks into a future in which antibiotics will be designed and used more wisely, and beyond that, to a day when we may replace antibacterial drugs and cleansers with bacterial ones—each custom-designed for maximum health benefits.

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Praise for Good Germs, Bad Germs

“Ground-breaking.” —Newsweek
 
“Could hardly be more timely.” —The New York Times
 
“Brings the battle against dirt firmly into the 21st century.” —The Washington Post
 
“Explains how our obsession with cleanliness led us to this point and details how science may still find a way past the danger.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jessica Snyder Sachs

  • Jessica Snyder Sachs is a freelance science writer. Her first book, Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death, was published in 2001. She lives in New Jersey.
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Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

Jessica Snyder Sachs

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