Microbe Hunters (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/10/1
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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.
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.