GERMS MAKE ME SICK! by Melvin Berger

GERMS MAKE ME SICK!

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Where Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Germs (1983) focused on the organisms themselves and showed them in real electron-microscopic photos, Berger concentrates on the experience of being a little sick, going to a doctor, and so on, while Hafner's breezy drawings of sick kids and medical workers set a nice, cheery tone. But this is no sugar-coated placebo: At a younger, lighter level Berger and Hafner provide a manageable introduction to bacteria and viruses and how each of the two forms attacks cells and makes ""you"" feel sick. The text mixes information with reassurance, noting that ""your body [skin; nose hairs] keeps germs out most of the time""; that white blood cells and ""chemicals called antibodies"" fight them when ""some germs do slip in every once in a while""; that doctors can kill bacteria with drugs and prevent some virus diseases with shots; and that ""Germs do make you sick--sometimes. But you can help yourself be as fit as a fiddle all the rest of the time."" A non-threatening first exposure, administered with a pleasant bedside manner.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1985
ISBN: 0064451542
Publisher: Crowell