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Publishers WeeklyStarred Review.
Saldmann, former administrator for the Hospitals of Paris, is an expert in food sanitation and nocosomial infections-those contracted in-hospital-and his primer on emerging diseases and everyday hygiene is an eye-popping look at the hazards around us. Fortunately, it's also efficient and practical (no doubt part of its popularity in Saldmann's native France), covering issues in the home, at work, on the street, in the garden and during travel in short, highly informative chapters. Among sound, practical advice on protecting oneself, he also questions the wisdom of putting elderly people, whose immune systems have weakened with age, into group living situations where diseases can spread like wildfire; describes the dangers of cosmetics (sharing lipstick, applying mascara), tattoos and piercings; documents diseases that jump continents literally overnight (e.g., SARS) and others that have spiked in virulence, like E. coli. Saldmann blames the success of antibiotics in the mid-20th century for society's careless attitude toward sanitation and personal hygiene, citing precautions that were routine in our great-grandparents' time. This is a guidebook worthy of attention from every parent, teacher, and medical worker, as well as anyone with a depressed immune system.
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