Microbe Hunters

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Harcourt Brace, 1996 - Medical - 357 pages
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This science classic by Paul de Kruif chronicles the pioneering bacteriological work of the first scientists to see and learn from the microscopic world.


Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them. De Kruif reveals the now seemingly simple but really fundamental discoveries of scienceŚfor instance, how a microbe was first viewed in a clear drop of rain water, and when, for the first time ever, Louis Pasteur discovered that a simple vaccine could save a man from the ravages of rabies by attacking the microbes that cause it.

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User Review  - Cwiegard - Goodreads

Guilty pleasure, leafing through this old book from my parents. It was a gift to my mom from her mom in 1937. The style is certainly very far from Eric Larson, but it occurs to me that most people ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fabian Santana - Goodreads

Amazing book, every child should get a copy of this. Read full review

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Paul de Kruif (1890-1971), a bacteriologist and pathologist, was a prolific author on the subject of medical science. He lived in Michigan and taught for many years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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