Ron Peters's Reviews > I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
This book is based on the idea that humans are best thought of as cooperative, symbiotic ecosystems since most of the cells in our bodies are foreign microbes: https://tinyurl.com/8w4mxdrb. In fact, he asks whether it makes sense to call ourselves single, autonomous individuals at all. So, he talks about things like how a significant portion of mother’s milk is used to feed advantageous microbes in newborns, and how using antibiotics should be thought of as the medical equivalent of the nuclear option. But the book is so completely chock-full of hundreds of examples and illustrations that hardly any details stuck with me and I was left with only the author’s general theme in mind when I finished. I was well entertained, but I can’t say I was educated.
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