Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Microbe Hunters

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c98 (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c98
  1. H V Wyatt, honorary lecturer in philosophy, School of Philosophy, , University of Leeds
  1. nurhvw{at}leeds.ac.uk

    Microbe Hunters tells the stories of the research of 14 microbiologists, from Leeuwenhoek to Paul Ehrlich. The science writer and former editor of New Scientist Bernard Dixon has said that the book “must have drawn hundreds of thousands of young people into either biology or medicine,” with its “rumbustious” portraits of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and their peers and its enthralling and accessible account of great episodes in the development of modern medical science.

    De Kruif wrote these narratives about real people with vivid lives more as imaginative accounts than medical history. He chose …

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