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Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold (udgave 2004)

af Nicholas 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.… (mere)
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Titel:Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold
Forfattere:Nicholas P. Money
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2004), Hardcover, 200 pages
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Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold af Nicholas P. Money

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Dr. Money is wonderfully funny, yet very detailed. He admits that he started out investigating toxic mold as a skeptical professional mycologist, but concedes that although the media and legal hype are excessive, there is something there to be concerned about - the spores and other bits of the common black mold Stachybotrys chartarum and related species really do contain trichothenes and other very nasty compounds, and although not quite a smoking gun in cases of infant pulmonary hemorrhage, are at least a piece lying on the floor near the body with a whiff of cordite still lingering in the barrel.


Money has written several books on fungi, and based on this one I will definitely be picking the others up. Here he concentrates on only those molds of interest to the legal profession. There’s a very professional and detailed discussion of how allergic responses work, and Money makes it clear that although allergy is bad enough molds can also produce actual toxins - poisons that are not dependent on allergic response to work. He’s careful to maintain skepticism, and cites cases of outright fraud in mold litigation claims. All through this he maintains a very dry sense of humor: here’s some examples -


“The stench of decay produced by indoor molds is difficult to describe, but might (I’m guessing) bear some similarity to a sumo wrestler’s laundry basket.”

“If invigorating one’s immune system with high doses of fungal walls is shown to fight disease, I’ll be the first to strip naked and dive into a tub of mushrooms.”

“Like most Americans I am opposed to vivisection, with the caveat that if it is necessary to slay a flock of bunnies with a lawnmower to keep my carcass running for an extra decade, thenn ladies and gentlemen start your engines.”

Some of the chapters don’t quite hang together; I wonder if they were originally separate essays? Although all the references are cited in endnotes, there’s no separate bibliography or recommended reading list. Minor quibbles - four stars at least, and I want to do some more reading on fungal taxonomy. ( )
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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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