You pretty much have to enjoy science and medicine to remain engaged in work in pharma world, and I do. So when I saw this title reviewed somewhere, I reserved it at the local library.
The subtitle of Good Germs, Bad Germs is Health and Survival in a Bacterial World. And it’s a good read, if you enjoy biology and medical stuff. There are fascinating accounts of how the “war on germs” is waged – topics addressed include such themes as antibiotic overuse, resistance, native microflora (good bacteria in your body), historical treatment efforts, oversanitation, probiotics, etc. But beyond the mere topics, the value of the book is that it brings you on a journey into an invisible but pervasive part of your world that has continual impact – more, perhaps, than you’d imagined.
You’re not likely to pull this book out for a quick mind-distracting poolside read, but if you are fascinated by how these little microbes interact with your body every day, you might enjoy this volume. Some great learning here.
(just for fun, here’s an amusing little YouTube clip on germs…looks like it’s from the 60′s!)