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Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases Paperback – August 31, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1555815295 ISBN-10: 1555815294 Edition: 1st
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“Germ Theory is a delightful and fascinating read for everyone interested in the remarkable history of medicine’s battle against communicable disease. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.” Robert C. Moellering, Jr., MD, Shields Warren-Mallinckrodt Professor of Medical Research, Harvard Medical School
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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: ASM Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555815294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555815295
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert T on January 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
For anyone curious about the medical pioneers in history, this book is a must read. Superbly researched and comprehensive, this captivating book was hard to put down once I started reading.

Germ Theory chronologically examines the great medical pioneers in infectious diseases, some famous in popular culture, and others whose influence may not be as well known. The reader gets a rich and detailed look at these historic people and their important work, as well as the context of their contributions in history.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Edward Jenner, and Alexander Fleming. I knew the discovery of penicillin by Fleming was an accident, but to read about the actual details of how it eventually came to market was fascinating. I highly recommend this book. You will definitely learn a lot and enjoy it, as I did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By michael schlossberg on November 16, 2011
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This book is by far the best on the subject of the Germ Theory since Paul DeKruif's The Microbe Hunters.It should be read by every medical student and practicing physician.What a delightful read-I loved it.MS M.D. FACOG
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tru on December 2, 2011
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Remarkably well written! Extremely informative! The personalities of the men and women are traced in this chronology of the discoveries relating to infectious disease. One need not have formal medical training to follow the order of events. I found it exciting to feel the "AH HA" moment of each individual as they made their contribution to the germ theory. Indulge yourself! Enjoy and then recommend it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on August 19, 2013
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Robert Gaynes has written a wonderful, accessible history of germ theory. He does this by relating the lives and discoveries of 12 people who were instrumental in the development of the understanding of the role of germs in our health. To us, the notion that the health of large beings like us could be dramatically affected by microscopic entities seems obvious, but it was anything but, until relatively recently. As Gaynes informs us in a captivating way, the people that were responsible for the greatest advances in this development were brilliant but also very human. Progress was generally due to amazing insight, but at times it was also due to terribly hard work or luck (the chances that a mold would have anti-bacterial benefits are about 3 in 1,000). Gaynes does an excellent job of illustrating the context of each discovery by helping us understand what the general views were during each era and why each insight was so difficult to achieve. I have had no medical training and nearly no chemistry, but I had no trouble understanding. For those who have read Dunham's book Journey Through Genius, this book shares the same general structure. It is a superb effort and I highly recommend it to a general audience.
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