A single source of answers to questions average people are asking. - Provides the scientific information readers will need to form opinions and make informed decisions regarding the use of antibiotics. - Examines specific antibiotics and controversies in a real-life context; presents accounts of positions on all sides of the public policy debate; and discusses less common issues such as what happens to antibiotics once they are released into the environment. - Encourages readers to consider the extensive role of antibiotics in modern medicine and the potentially catastrophic impact the loss of effective antibiotics would have today and on future generations. - Appeals to a diverse readership, including biologists, doctors, teachers, students, lawyers, environmentalists, and average citizens.