- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 70th edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156002620
- ISBN-13: 978-0156002622
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 136 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reveals the dramatic discoveries of early microbiology and the war against disease.
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I am a great admirer of Louis Pasteur, arguably the most heroic of the microbe hunters. de Kruif details many of Pasteur's triumphs and even includes some of his "ethical" imperfections, effectively "humanizing" him. Nevertheless, Pasteur still comes across as the best of the best, a superb basic scientist and an even better applied scientist. Pasteur and Koch's "germ theory of disease" ranks up there with Newton's explanation of gravity, Maxwell's unification of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's relativity as one of the all time greatest scientific explanations of how the world works.
I recommend this book to people of all ages, from 10 - 100. Thank you, Paul de Kruif!!
Note: Thanks to a wonderful high school physics teacher, I became a physicist and have spent my career working with lasers. Had my high school biology teacher been anywhere as good, I surely would have become a medical researcher hunting for microbes.
I feel that this book is excellent for teaching basic scientific principles.
As my granddaughters reached their teens I bought copies of the book for them. At first there was not much interest but now one of them works at University Hospital in Madison, WI; a second will enter Johns Hopkins for a Masters degree in Public Health and now a third is working this summer at a retirement/ nursing home, helping wherever she can and finds she loves what she does.
This is such an outstanding book that everyone studying biology or medicine should have to read it. It is an excellent history of the men who researched diseases and a beginning of understanding disease and specific ways of curing that disease.