Overview

In this classic bestseller, Paul de Kruif dramatizes the pioneering bacteriological work of such scientists as Leeuwenhoek, Spallanzani, Koch, Pasteur, Reed, and Ehrlich. This seventieth anniversary edition features a new introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi.
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Microbe Hunters

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Overview

In this classic bestseller, Paul de Kruif dramatizes the pioneering bacteriological work of such scientists as Leeuwenhoek, Spallanzani, Koch, Pasteur, Reed, and Ehrlich. This seventieth anniversary edition features a new introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547542102
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 185,076
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • File size: 728 KB

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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Yawn

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

    2 out of 3 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2015

    What?

    This book left me scratching my head--not for what it said, but for what it didn't say! The author expresses amazement at the steps taken toward understanding the causes of disease in the late 19th century. True, what was accomplished changed medicine forever. However, I can't help but wonder if those chemists and doctors wasn't suffering from amnesia. It's a fact of history, for example, that Washington had his troops inoculated at Valley Forge, staving off a small pox epidemic, a hundred years before any of this happened. And wasn't there at least one person who wondered why millions of Indians died of terrible diseases after coming into contact with Europeans during the early years of New World exploration? It's a very good account of some astounding accomplishments, but can't help but think it's lacking somewhat is background information.

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