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Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold

Nicholas P. Money


We live on a very moldy planet. Microscopic fungi blossom on every scrap of plant debris and are part of every crumb of soil. Molds can also grow in great profusion in our homes and workplaces, colonizing damp walls and filling the air with their spores. Recently, these indoor molds have acquired a very bad reputation. In a textbook illustration of a media frenzy, black and toxic molds have been spotlighted as an insidious threat to the modern way of life. Stories of homes overrun by fungi have heightened the public’s awareness of indoor molds and the mere sight of a discolored shower curtain ... More

Keywords: black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum, toxins, immune system, microbes, courtroom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Money, author
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio