Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them
Foyalty 27

The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them (Paperback)

Unavailable. No reason given.


Despite the remarkable advances of medical science, despite the fact that diseases that once decimated entire populations are themselves extinct, germs and microbes are challenging medicine in ways that were unimaginable only a decade ago. Germs are now being linked to a host of ailments, and every year some new horror story on killer germs surfaces. Suddenly it seems that there is an explosion of infections never before reported in modern history, all caused by arcane germs. In THE SECRET LIFE OF GERMS, Dr. Philip Tierno explains what kinds of threats actually exist by revealing the mechanisms behind some 150 recent germ 'events'. He dismantles sensationalist media scares to offer a glimpse of the underlying principles of the miracle of life, and takes the reader into the elegantly ordered world of microbes. He discusses pioneers of the 'Germ Century', such as Louis Pasteur, examines the 'germ factory' that is the human body, and scrutinizes a typical home. Yet with all this potentially terrifying information, Dr. Tierno is at heart an optimist. The recycling of matter, he explains, is the key to the perpetuation of life as we know it. Were it not for the action of germs, the earth would be uninhabitable. This incredible book is both a practical home resource and a fascinating guide to the hidden mysteries of the world around us, an engaging account that will keep readers mesmerized while helping them stay healthy.

Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Atria Books Publication Date: 20/10/2003 ISBN-13: 9780743421881  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Unavailable. No reason given.  

Philip M. Tierno, Jr., Ph.D., helped solve the mystery behind toxic shock syndrome. He is Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at New York University Medical Center and is a member of the faculty at NYU School of Medicine. He has appeared on such shows as 20/20, Oprah, Dateline, and PrimeTime. Dr. Tierno lives in a suburb of New York.

More books by Philip M. Tierno

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

William Sheehan
Foolproof, and Other Mathematical...
Brian Hayes
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the...
Rose George
Sloths: A Celebration of the World's...
William Hartston
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close