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The Hand Book
Surviving in a Germ-Filled World
Miryam Z. Wahrman

2016 • 248 pp. 6 x 9"
Healthy Living / Health & Fitness / Public Health

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-524-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-917-4

$17.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-955-6

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An energetic argument for the importance of maintaining clean hands, and advice on how to do it

Handwashing, as part of basic hygiene, is a no-brainer. Whenever there’s an outbreak of a contagious disease, we are advised that the first line of defense is proper handwashing. Nonetheless, many people, including healthcare workers, ignore this advice and routinely fail to wash their hands. Those who neglect to follow proper handwashing protocols put us at risk for serious disease—and even death.

In this well-researched book, Wahrman discusses the microbes that live among us, both benign and malevolent. She looks at how ancient cultures dealt with disease and hygiene and how scientific developments led to the germ theory, which laid the foundation for modern hygiene. She investigates hand hygiene in clinical settings, where lapses by medical professionals can lead to serious, even deadly, complications. She explains how microbes found on environmental surfaces can transmit disease and offers strategies to decrease transmission from person to person. The book's final chapter explores initiatives for grappling with ever more complex microbial issues, such as drug resistance and the dangers of residing in an interconnected world, and presents practical advice for hand hygiene and reducing infection.

With chapters that conclude with handy reference lists, The Hand Book serves as a road map to safer hands and better hygiene and health. It is essential reading for the general public, healthcare professionals, educators, parents, community leaders, and politicians.

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MIRYAM Z. WAHRMAN is professor of biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey and the author of Brave New Judaism: When Science and Scripture Collide, as well as hundreds of articles on science, health, and bioethics. An award-winning journalist and science correspondent, Wahrman developed and teaches graduate courses in bioethics and research methods and conducts research on microbes on environmental surfaces.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:27:29 -0500