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Fearsome Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Live in You
Hypochondriacs beware-- would you believe the nastiest creatures in the known universe live inside our bodies? Not content to just find a home and produce offspring in our internal space, parasites will drink our blood, eat our cells, and infest our muscles. There is very little that can be said in their favor, with perhaps one exception-- they are truly fascinating!
Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 26th 1999 by W. H. Freeman
(first published June 1st 1992)
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Good non-fiction, light and breezy, just enough humor to keep the read pleasant. I learned a lot (well, a lot more than I knew before) about parasites. They are a really amazing subject and the author make quite a few interesting points. For example, parasites have learned to exist, utilize and thrive in their environment without damage (in many cases). Does that make them better then us?
This book is enjoyable to read, informative and funny. Though I have some issues with the chapter on bed bugs. Bed bug nymphs do feed on humans and need a blood meal in between each molt. They do not need unclean conditions to live and can live in the most stringently cleaned houses and hotels.
Hysterical. "Life is hard for a parasite. You may think it is hard for the host, especially if you are the host, but think again. A protracted and intimate association is the essence of a parasitic relationship, somewhat like a marriage or parenthood." It goes on.