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Overusing antibiotics has become an epidemic. Each year, more than two million Americans fall victim to drug-resistant diseases and 23,000 of those sufferers dry. Those numbers continue to grow, Dr. Martin Blaser insists, because we still treat antibiotics as an all-purpose cure for maladies. We pursue our chemical abuse only by ignoring that for hundreds of thousands of years, bacterial and human cells have lived in symbiosis. Whether you read it as a new revelation or as confirmation of your darkest fears, Missing Microbes will likely rivet your attention.