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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Quotes from Los Cazadores de Late in the 19th century, Louis Pasteur figured out ways to kill bacteria in livestock, wine and beer, and ultimately humans.

Getting to know the characters that set a foundation for future microbe hunters is an enjoyable and surprisingly humorous read.

The Sweeping Wind, his last book, is his autobiography. The writing is probably dated now, but the way it captured the excitement of research discoveries convinced me to pursue this as a career. The unique aspect of this book is that it took an honest snapshot of where things stood in After reading it in xe, I decided this is how I wanted to spend my life.

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OR when we forget and don’t save history or read history, this too is highlighted when science must start again. These early pioneers in microbe hunting, and those that followed, have done more to relieve gratuitous human suffering than any to walk the earth before them.

Seriously, I would actually use the word “swashbuckling” to describe this tale of scientists hunting for microbes. Jul 22, Vacaseverywhere rated it really liked it. Books by Paul de Kruif. He also served on commissions to promote research into Infantile Paralysis. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree and remained to obtain a Ph. This book encouraged me even more to go into medical research.


It is fantastic history story telling long before “Horrible Histories” reinvented the genre. Because of his service in the Sanitary Corps, he had occasional contacts with leading French biologists of the period. 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.

The egos, the battles and national politics going alongside are all part of the fantastic breadth of this book. And they get more hate-filled, claiming people are less than human and have no right to have emotions. This is again why I think it should be on every school curriculum before students move on to dry, more formal books.

Written in older style story form, this gave an enlightening overview of the advances in the study of microbes over the centuries.

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It is about the early scientists who discovered microbes and bacteria and, sometimes, the way to combat the power of those microbes. But not the majority. I love how lots of people gladly volunteered their lives in a gamble for a cure; not sure a nanny government would LET you and b if perfectly healthy people would subject themselves to same torment. What is particularly impressive is his ability to set each researcher’s accomplishments squarely within the context of what was known at the time.

Cazadorse was certainly inspired. Oct 23, Gustavo Eder Gonzalez Alvarez rated it it was amazing. What is particularly impressive is his ability to set each researcher’s accomplishments squarely Written inthis is a classic collection of essays about xe pioneers of microbiology.


This book belongs in every reader’s education. Those that followed him figured out that it was these wee beasties that made us sick and even die by the millions.

Open Preview See a Problem? No trivia or quizzes yet. More than that, I have re-read this volume countless times, including days when it was not in my plans, but I made the error of taking it dd the shelf and being caught up in de Kruif’s almost childlike This book belongs in every reader’s education.

Illustrates how science is always gaining in knowledge and that it’s never done. This book is the primer for all further reading in microbes, disease etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books ds want to read.

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De Kruif writes with an infectious enthusiasm and a strong narrative ed, so that the essays hold up remarkably well – one is swept up in the story. God’s creations are incredible! I referred to it in a novel I am writing and realized how important the book was to me.

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. The writing was different. Simply knowing to wash hands, boil drinking water and stay away from pal bites improved the human condition immeasurably. And impressive how much work they could do with viruses without being able to see them.

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