Microbe Hunters—Then and NowBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1340 (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1340
- Bernard Dixon
Ed Hilary Koprowski, Michael B A Oldstone Medi-Ed Press, £16.99, pp 456 ISBN 0 936741 11 2
Since it first appeared in 1926, Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters must have drawn hundreds of thousands of young people into either biology or medicine. Nowadays, its rumbustious portraits of Pasteur, Koch, and their peers seem not so much inspirational as over the top. Yet this was an enthralling and accessible account, for readers of all ages, of one of the great episodes in the development of modern medical science.
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