Microbe Hunters

Microbe Hunters

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Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif

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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ISBN-13: 9780156027779
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 161,591
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)

About 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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Microbe Hunters 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JoseE More than 1 year ago
I definitively recommend this book. It gives you the feeling of being there while microbes hunters were doing their great discoveries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most boring book ever. Don't read this.
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