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Microbe Hunters 70th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Too bad descriptions of blacks as "darkies" (1924) will keep this book out of the hands of some kids. But come on, these scientists risked their lives and very often died trying to cure the sick in Africa. So can we can cut them a little slack for not being as gloriously enlightened as us, even if they were infintely braver ?
People familiar with biethics or medicine will see a world where many ethical questions that had not been defined. For instance, informed consent and double blind trials were hardly known - almost *none* of the experimental treatments could be done legally today, even though the researchers often used themselves as subjects and died.
"Microbe Hunters" was written in the 1920's before we knew much about DNA, before the electron microscope, before antibiotics, so much in it is dated. Yet "Microbe Hunters" gets across the excitement of research in a way that is lacking in most writings about science and scientists.
He maps the course that men such as Pasture and Koch blazed into the realm of scientific methodology that is still revered today. You will feel the heat of the battle as the individuals depicted herein challenged the conventional wisdom of their day and transformed medicine from superstition to a healing art.
I was first introduced to the book in a class on microbiology, but obtained a true education in how curiosity, dedication and perserverance on the part of a few pioneers changed our view of nature forever. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to undrstand numan nature or the strange and wonderful word of pathogens. As a college professor I recomend this book to anyone who wants to find the inspiration for education in one book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book. I wish I had read it as a child. It probably romanticizes microbiology a bit, but in the process it makes it quite an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. Cardona
I read this book perhaps 50 years ago and found it astounding. I bought this book twice for friends of mine as a gift.Published 24 months ago by R. E. Hiedemann
I read this years ago, in medical school. And reading it again , it has not diminished the very entertaining story and history of medicine. Great read. Tom Davis MDPublished on September 23, 2014 by donna davis
Thought it was going to be horribly boring, actually written well, stayed interesting.Published on August 5, 2014 by Lax
The subject is interesting, although the writing is done in a rather florid, old-fashioned style. (It was written the in the 1920's, I believe. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by whitequeen
I first read this book 56 years ago and I have reread it twice since. This one was a gift for a friend, shipped direct. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Andrew Francis Martin
This book inspired my Dad to become a science teacher and eventually get his doctorate. I grew up wanting to be a research scientist, because of my dad, and because of this book. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Elizabeth
This book was sitting on my shelf for over a year because the topic seemed boring. A friend had given me the book as a gift, and finally one day with ` nothing else to read' I... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Homer