Carpet Monsters And Killer Spores: A Natural History Of Toxic Mold

Hardcover | May 6, 2004

byNicholas P. Money

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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 intheir own basements and bathrooms. Before long, lawsuits were filed by the residents of mold-contaminated homes in every state. By failing to address water damage, building contractors, plumbers, and insurance agents were held liable for exposing families to an unprecedented microbiologicalhazard. The mold crisis soon developed into a fully-fledged media circus. In Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores, Nicholas Money explores the science behind the headlines and courtroom dramas, and profiles the toxin-producing mold that is a common inhabitant of water-damaged buildings. NicholasMoney tells the most important mycological story since potato blight, with his inimitable style of scientific clarity and dark humor.

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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 intheir own basements and bathrooms. Before long,...

Nicholas Money teaches in the Department of Botany at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 5.79 × 8.31 × 0.91 inPublished:May 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195172272

ISBN - 13:9780195172270

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Table of Contents

1. Stachybotrys versus Superpower2. Uninvited Guests3. Carpet Monsters4. Mycological Warfare5. Cleveland Revisited6. Your Verdict, Please7. Everlasting Strife8. A Plague upon Your HouseNotesAppendix: Mold Resources on the InternetGlossaryIndex

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"For the subject of mold, its surprisingly fun to read."-- Carl Woychuk, MHSC, ROH, CIH