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The Discovery of the Germ

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:57
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    John Waller

    Icon Books, £9.99, pp 198 ISBN 1840463732

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    John Waller offers an in-depth history of what he calls the “extraordinary, albeit bloodless, scientific revolution” that took place between 1880 and 1900. This was a time when medicine underwent perhaps its biggest transformation and the way we think about disease was changed forever. The story he tells reads like a thriller on more than one occasion. He fills in the background from 500 bc and explains the prevailing theories …

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