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Language: English
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The size of the: 9.67 MB
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The author of the book: Paul de Kruif
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
ISBN: 0156002620
ISBN 13: 9780156002622
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This book is what introduced me to the world of medical research. After reading it in 1963, I decided this is how I wanted to spend my life. The writing is probably dated now, but the way it captured the excitement of research discoveries convinced me to pursue this as a career. I'm almost 61 years old now and retired, but I spent over 35 years of my life pursuing this career and never regretted it.

The book discusses the giants of germ theory and does so in a way that makes these scientists approachable as real men with real emotions. It must have been a groundbreaking book when it first came out in the 1920s. It is amazing how many researches and physicians from my generation read and were impacted by this book.

Why am I reviewing it now? I referred to it in a novel I am writing and realized how important the book was to me. For this reason I read it again. And guess what? I still enjoyed every chapter. THe author made these scientists real and flawed and eccentric without diminishing the impact of their work. The introduction to the newest edition, published in the 1990s, didn't try to bring us completely up-to-date- on microbiology, which would have been impossible. What it did was remind us how important the identification of causative agents and development of treatments for infectious disease remains.

The unique aspect of this book is that it took an honest snapshot of where things stood in 1926. There is language that is demeaning for minorities, but minorities were demeaned then. Wrong headed, but honest. The idea of science as a gradual unravelling of underlying truths is clearly there as is the potential of one negative experiment to bring a logically developed theory to grief. The distinction between a Scientist who tries to discover and one who tries to make discoveries fit a pre determent theory is also well developed. As a lifetime scientist who was first tempted to pursue my career when I read this book, I am glad it can still remind me that I made the right choice.

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Ebook Microbe Hunters read Online! Paul Henry de Kruif was an American microbiologist and author of Dutch descent. Publishing as Paul de Kruif, he is most noted for his 1926 book, Microbe Hunters. This book was not only a bestseller for a lengthy period after publication, it has remained high on lists of recommended reading for science and has been an inspiration for many aspiring physicians and scientists.

He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree (1912) and remained to obtain a Ph.D. (1916). He immediately entered service as a Private in Mexico on the Pancho Villa Expedition and afterwards served as a Lieutenant and a Captain in World War I in France. Because of his service in the Sanitary Corps, he had occasional contacts with leading French biologists of the period.

After returning to the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor, De Kruif briefly worked for the Rockefeller Institute (for Medical Research). He then became a full-time writer.
De Kruif assisted Sinclair Lewis with his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Arrowsmith (1925) by providing the scientific and medical information required by the plot, along with character sketches. Even though Lewis was listed as the sole author, De Kruif's contribution was significant, and he received 25 percent of the royalties. Many believe the characters in the novel represent people known to De Kruif, with Martin Arrowsmith (a physician, unlike de Kruif) possibly representing himself.
Some of his writings created problems for him. Some essays written while working for the Rockefeller Institute led to his dismissal. Ronald Ross, one of the scientists featured in Microbe Hunters, took exception to how he was described, so the British edition deleted that chapter to avoid a libel suit.
De Kruif was a staff writer for the Ladies' Home Journal, Country Gentleman, and the Readers Digest, contributing articles on Science and Medicine. He also served on commissions to promote research into Infantile Paralysis.
The Sweeping Wind, his last book, is his autobiography.

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