Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold

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Overview

Molds are everywhere: we inhale their microscopic spores from birth to death. But when an investigation in Ohio revealed that babies suffering from a serious lung illness had been exposed to a toxic black mold in their homes, millions of Americans became nervous about patches of mold in their own basements and bathrooms. Before long, lawsuits were filed by the residents of mold-contaminated homes in every state. By failing to address water damage, building contractors, plumbers, and insurance agents were held liable for exposing families to an unprecedented microbiological hazard. The mold crisis soon developed into a fully-fledged media circus. In Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores, Nicholas Money explores the science behind the headlines and courtroom dramas, and profiles the toxin-producing mold that is a common inhabitant of water-damaged buildings. Nicholas Money tells the most important mycological story since potato blight, with his inimitable style of scientific clarity and dark humor.

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"For the subject of mold, its surprisingly fun to read."—Carl Woychuk, MHSC, ROH, CIH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195172270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Money teaches in the Department of Botany at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

1. Stachybotrys versus Superpower
2. Uninvited Guests
3. Carpet Monsters
4. Mycological Warfare
5. Cleveland Revisited
6. Your Verdict, Please
7. Everlasting Strife
8. A Plague upon Your House
Notes
Appendix: Mold Resources on the Internet
Glossary
Index

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