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Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold

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Molds are everywhere: we inhale their microscopic spores from birth to death. But when an investigation in Ohio revealed that babies suffering from a serious lung illness had been exposed to a toxic black mold in their homes, millions of Americans became nervous about patches of mold in their own basements and bathrooms. Before long, lawsuits were filed by the residents of ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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Emma Sea
Vastly more entertaining that I expected. Money is a great writer, and this was a very thorough book. He balanced a general reader approach with lovely hard science.
Joanna
Apr 07, 2008 Joanna rated it liked it
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My sister found this in the bargain-book section and sent it to me because it made her think of me because I'm into scary stuff like that. She is right. ;-)

The author's focus is on toxic molds that grow in homes, especially Stachybotrys, a black mold whose toxins can be harmful to human lungs. He spends a bit more time than I was interested in spending on indoor mold-related lawsuits, but he also covers a bit of history of toxic molds and the human immune response. The material can be a bit dry
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Michael
Mar 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok
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For a book on mold and fungi it is entertaining and actually funny at times. The author's sense of humor makes this book what it is.
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Nicholas Money is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Western Program at Miami University.
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