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Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious…

Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases

by Robert Gaynes

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Gaynes (Emory Univ. School of Medicine) presents a well-researched, inspiring narrative of the most important discoveries in the history of medical science. He weaves the origins of the germ theory of disease and the biographies of those who made significant discoveries together into intriguing, informative stories. The author provides vivid accounts of individuals such as van Leeuwenhoek, Jenner, Pasteur, Fleming, et al. who challenged the prevailing views of the times with their innovation and persistence, and highlights the struggles they encountered in the long processes of discovery. The book's 15 chapters are well written, thorough, and engaging, providing readers with a significant appreciation for the interplay of social, economic, and cultural forces, as well as good luck, which allowed for medical breakthroughs. This is an insightful book that serves as an excellent resource for understanding developments in medical history, how they evolved, and the details of their impact on all people. The volume includes references at the end of each chapter and an easy-to-use index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty and physicians; medical students; general readers. -- D. C. Anderson, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from July 20012 edition of CHOICE Magazine Published by the American Library Association ( )
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"From Hippocrates and Avicenna to Paul Ehrlich and Lillian Wald, Germ Theory brings to life a dozen medical pioneers whose work changed the way we think about and treat infection."-back cover.

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