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Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
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Nov 15, 10

bookshelves: science, biology, non-fiction
Read in November, 2010

Imagine, in the 18th century, the first human being on earth to look through his crude, home made microscope at a living microbe. Those that followed him figured out that it was these wee beasties that made us sick and even die by the millions. Late in the 19th century, Louis Pasteur figured out ways to kill bacteria in livestock, wine and beer, and ultimately humans. Imagine comforting a grieving mother hysterical about her baby dying of diphtheria with a cure! Not just comforting words as her baby turned blue and drown with lungs full of liquid. Anthrax, plague, malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis, cholera and many other disease causing microbes were identified. They were the first to figure out it was mosquitoes and ticks or even just drinking water that passed the microbes along. 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. Simply knowing to wash hands, boil drinking water and stay away from mosquito bites improved the human condition immeasurably. I solute them and their tireless, self sacrificing and endless scientific work to discover the workings of the microbe.
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Marsha Amen!!! I am so grateful to these amazingly brilliant and dedicated scientists.


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