Microbe Hunters

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996 - Medical - 357 pages
"It manages to delight, and frequently to entrance, old and new readers [and] continues to engage our hearts and minds today with an indescribably brand of affectionate sympathy."--F. Gonzalez-Crussi, from the Introduction

An international bestseller, translated into eighteen languages, Paul de Kruif's classic account of the first scientists to see and learn about the microscopic world continues to fascinate new readers. This is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered the microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them. De Kruif writes about how seemingly simple but really fundamental discovers of science--for instance, how a microbe was first viewed in a clear drop of rain water, and when, for the first time, 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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Originally published in 1926, this book contains several short biographies of the men who were the first to create microscopes, use them to identify disease transmitters, and come up with ways to ... Read full review

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Contents

Leeuwenhoek First of the Microbe Hunters
1
Spallanzani Microbes Must Have Parents
23
Pasteur Microbes Are a Menace
54
Koch The Death Fighter
101
Pasteur And the Mad Dog
140
Roux and Behring Massacre the GuineaPigs
178
Metchnikoff The Nice Phagocytes
201
Theobald Smith Ticks and Texas Fever
228
Bruce Trail of the Tsetse
246
Ross vs Grassi Malaria
271
Walter Reed In the Interest of Scienceand for Humanity
303
Paul Ehrlich The Magic Bullet
326
Index
351
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About the author (1996)

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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