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Human Wildlife: The Life That Lives on Us

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By: Robert Buckman

203 pages, 270 col photos

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Feb 2003 | #138659 | ISBN: 0801874076
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Hardback | Feb 2003 | #138658 | ISBN: 0801874068
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The human body has 100 trillion cells, but only 10 trillion are human. The rest belong to the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that live on or in us. Some of these tenants are beneficial, for example, aiding in the digestion process. The majority of them neither help nor hurt us, but simply coexist with us. A few species, however, from the cholera bacilli to tapeworms and lice, can be dangerous, and sometimes deadly. This book takes readers through the human body, pointing out the long-term residents, the itinerant visitors, the irritating vandals, and the ruthless invaders, carefully distinguishing between helpful friends, harmless acquaintances, and lethal foes.

In Human Wildlife, Dr. Robert Buckman takes us on an engrossingly detailed journey through the hoards of organisms that thrive within, on, and uncomfortably close to our bodies. The voyage includes a mix of humorous text and astonishing photographs. From bedbugs to bacteria, the doctor reminds us that even when we think we are by ourselves, we are never alone.--Jeffrey C. May, author of My House is Killing Me!


Contents: 1. Planet Human 2. The Meaning of Lice 3. In Your Face 4. The Worms' Turn 5. Repulsive Invaders 6. The Origin of Feces 7. Fellow Travelers 8. One WorldAcknowledgments List of Illustrations Index

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Dr. Robert Buckman is a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Center in Toronto and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, including How to Break Bad News and What You Really Need to Know about Cancer, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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