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Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:616
  1. M Farrington

    Bernard Dixon Freeman, £16.99, pp 237 ISBN 0-7167-4504-6

    Those frightened by the tabloid press's hysteria over the “flesh-eating virus” should spend any resulting wakeful nights reading Bernard Dixon's book. Although published too early to include necrotising fasciitis (indeed, it barely mentions Streptococcus pyogenes), this is a topical and informative amalgam of 75 vignettes about micro-organisms and their complex relations with Homo sapiens.

    A refreshing air of scientific interest and common sense pervades, and I was reminded of the popular science books written by Isaac Asimov that caught the interest of many of my generation in the 1960s. Followers of Dr Dixon's regular contributions to …

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