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Human Wildlife: The Life That Lives on Us Paperback – February 14, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0801874079 ISBN-10: 0801874076

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (February 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801874076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801874079
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In <I>Human Wildlife</I>, Dr. Robert Buckman takes us on an engrossingly detailed journey through the hoards of organisms that thrive within, on, and uncomfortably close to our bodies. The voyage includes a mix of humorous text and astonishing photographs. From bedbugs to bacteria, the doctor reminds us that even when we think we are by ourselves, we are never alone.

(Jeffrey C. May, author of My House is Killing Me!)

[A]n authoritative and inherently fascinating study of the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that live within and upon human beings... Full-color photographs (many of the magnified pictures of microscope viewings) add a stunningly effective touch to this accessible informational resource for biology studentsa nd non-specialist general readers alike.

(Wisconsin Bookwatch 2003-01-00)

Kids (and curious adults) will love this bestiary of ugly little creatures... Written with humor and a light touch.

(Christy Karras Salt Lake Tribune)

This is a book that just about everyone will find in some measure fascinating, disturbing, engaging, repulsive and funny... buy it for a friend who worries about 'germs.'

(American Scientist 2003-01-00)

About the Author

<B>Dr. Robert Buckman </B> is a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Center in Toronto and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, including <I>How to Break Bad News</I> and <I>What You Really Need to Know about Cancer</I>, both available from Johns Hopkins.


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I had a lot of fun reading this book!
Monika D. Weitzel
The author presents his information in a personal,understandable style that both entertains and informs.
Spudman
The photomicrographs are very detailed, but the regular photos are poor and out of focus.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Effi Ofer on October 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only 10 trillions of them are human. The rest belong to the entities that call our body home. In Human Wildlife Robert Buckman takes us through a tour of the lives of the worms, bacteria, viruses and other creatures that live on and in us.

I picked up this book after listening to an interview with Dr Buckman. I was fascinated by the details Buckman provided on the origins of pheromones (produced by bacteria in our armpits), mouth breath (bacteria at the back of the tounge), and the cause of fart smell (colon bacteria breaking down proteins). What finally sold me on the book was the discussion on feces, a topic on which I know very little.

Now that I have finished reading the book I can say that I have not been disappointed. Buckman is informative while entertaining at the same time. His story about the fart-in-the-library problem made me laugh out loud :) I wish Buckman went into a little more details on some topics, but that can only be expected from an introductory text geared toward the general public.

Last but not least, the pictures and illustrations in this book are outstanding. I will never look at an eyebrow again without expecting to see a little Demodex, an eyebrow mite that two thirds of us carry, wiggling its tail back at me.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Human Wildlife: The Life That Lives On Us by Dr. Robert Buckman (Medical oncologist, Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto) is an authoritative and inherently fascinating study of the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that live within and upon human beings. A few of these life forms are beneficial; most are neither helpful nor harmful, and a few species are viciously parasitic or even lethal. Full-color photographs (many of them magnified pictures of microscope viewings), add a stunningly effective touch to this accessibly informational resource for biology students and non-specialist general readers alike.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Human Wildlife: The Life That Lives on Us, by Robert Buckman, is... what? Delightful? No. Awe-inspiring? Nope! Motivating? Not this one.

How about interesting, eye-popping, and entertaining?

This book, a sort of "natural history guide" to the wildlife on planet human, is presented in a folksy style. I kept envisioning myself sitting in a lecture being given by Dr. Buckman. He really is knowledgeable and witty.

From maggot therapy, to the origin of bad breath, to the creepy life of the nasty Guinea worm, to the smells formerly known as "cutting the cheese," this attractive (?) book is a wealth of information. I'm sure the point of the book is to make readers aware of what lies within.

So whether you smell volatile sulfur compounds coming from your tongue or... the other end, or you'd rather smell lavender than old t-shirts, you are influenced by the small things that live inside and upon us. [If the previous sentence is mysterious, you'll need to read the book!]

I am guessing that Dr. Buckman would be a popular lecturer! I wonder if he is on the speaking circuit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AJ on July 17, 2007
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This is the second review I have written for this book. The first somehow disappeared so now I will try again. My child was doing a presentation at his school and needed resources. I found this at a library. He could not put it down. I skimmed through it and was very impressed. So I bought it. The photographs are fantastic, the wording is very educational and quite hilarious, and there was so much information that, had there not been a 3 book minimum on the bibliography, this would have been the only one he needed. I cannot recommend it enough for any budding scientist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonam Pak on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read the 2003 paperback edition of the originally 2002 book.

Parasites, benign bacteria, human smells, suspicious hygiene issues, body horrors: This is the coffee-table book, "beautifully" pictured, which will dampen your appetite for coffee. (Where has that coffee cup been cleaned? Hopefully not in the kitchen sink!) Contemporarily, the general public is displaying serious lacks in education in the above essential topics. Count me in. After that easy to read and at times tremendously funny book I feel a bit more enlightened. But don't think, that book is all you would need to know about human wildlife. Additional books, more text oriented, are listed below.

As for the pictures: They are fascinating, as microscopic photography usually is. However, I am not THAT incredibly delighted with the quality of ALL the pictures. The best ones are taken from electron microscopes. The ones of the silvery monochrome type. Most of these have been colored for this book in the spirit of Andy Warhol. The funny thing is, the caption of only one picture reveals that, as if the others were in true colors. Yet, I have to say, the effect is entertaining. Not really scientific, but who cares? There are a lot of pictures of all the experts the author has consulted. (The author isn't an expert on the book's topics, but an oncologist in real life.) Pictures which are of debatable information value. As in: Give me more pictures to disgust... I mean to flabbergast me instead! Additionally, these portraits look like freeze frames taken from TV. Some maybe taken with a mobile. Actually, this book has been a six-part mini-series on the Canadian Discovery Channel known by the same title. The message being here: If I want a coffee-table book, I expect ALL pictures to be top notch.
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