Infection: The Uninvited Universe

Infection: The Uninvited Universe

by gerald callahan

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We use antibacterial soap to wash our hands, we swab doorknobs with antibacterial wipes, we pop antibiotics at the first sign of disease - all to avoid infection. But we are all infected. From before birth to after death, infection is what makes humans human. In a startling, chilling, and inspiring narrative, veteran microbiologist, and author Gerald Callahan, explores the world of the microscopic creatures that live on, in, and around us. Did you know that: our overuse of antibiotics is placing us on then cusp of a resurgence of diseases we had thought long conquered? and, many ailments - from schizophrenia and gastric ulcers to obsessive-compulsive disorder - are now being linked to infections? Infection will awaken you to the microscopic brethren that ensure our health as well as take it from us. For better or worse, infection shapes our lives.

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BN ID: 2940148786238
Publisher: Last Word Publications
Publication date: 07/18/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gerald N. Callahan writes at the intersection of memoir and science to explore the personal meaning of modern biomedical research. He is a professor of immunology and public understanding of science at Colorado State University with joint appointments in the department of microbiology, immunology, and pathology and the department of English. From 2011 to 2013 Gerry directed the CSU English department's graduate program in creative nonfiction. As a scientist, he investigates interactions between the human immune and nervous systems, humans and their microbiomes, and the biological basis of sex. As an author he publishes poetry, essays, and books exploring the processes of being human.

His work has been featured on or in, among others, National Geographic Television, ABC Evening News, the Los Angeles Times,, the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Talk Radio Europe – Spain, Ms. Magazine, the New Scientist, Playboy Magazine, Discover Magazine, U.S. Today, the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Georgia Straight, the Rocky Mountain News, ESPN, Publisher’s Weekly, Semana Magazine – Columbia, and EPOCA magazine – Brazil. His works have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese.

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