Microbe Hunters

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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 science—for instance, how a microbe was first viewed ...

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Overview

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 science—for 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156027779
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 98,253
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Leeuwenhoek: First of the Microbe Hunters 1
2 Spallanzani: Microbes Must Have Parents! 23
3 Pasteur: Microbes Are a Menace! 54
4 Koch: The Death Fighter 101
5 Pasteur: And the Mad Dog 140
6 Roux and Behring: Massacre the Guinea-Pigs 178
7 Metchnikoff: The Nice Phagocytes 201
8 Theobald Smith: Ticks and Texas Fever 228
9 Bruce: Trail of the Tsetse 246
10 Ross vs. Grassi: Malaria 271
11 Walter Reed: In the Interest of Science - and for Humanity! 303
12 Paul Ehrlich: The Magic Bullet 326
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Yawn

    This is the most boring book ever. Don't read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Delightful!

    This was a delightful book. Fascinating the difficulties encountered to prove the existence of these microbes and the disease and infections they caused. These scientists in deed lead the way for others to come along and add to these discoveries. How ironic, how their works were most of the time done in complete isolation from other scientists. The book was an easy read. It is not complicated by scientific jargon and concepts. It is a discussion of what these scientists went through in making their discoveries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    A great book

    I definitively recommend this book. It gives you the feeling of being there while microbes hunters were doing their great discoveries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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