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Anthrax, plague, malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis, cholera and many other disease causing microbes were identified. As a lifetime scientist who was first tempted to pursue my career when I read this book, I am glad it can still remind me that I made the right choice.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He was utterly correct.

Not just comforting words as her Imagine, in the 18th century, the first human being on earth to look through his crude, home made microscope at a living microbe. Be the first to ask a question about Los Cazadores de Microbios.

Los Cazadores de Microbios by Paul de Kruif

And there’s not a point where we should halt further examination, making ad hominem attacks rather than reexamining conclusions. Terms for peoples and countries have changed, don’t be put off. I’m almost 61 years old now and retired, but I spent over 35 years of my life pursuing this career and never regretted it.

I referred to it in a novel I am writing and realized how important the book was to me. In other ways I just want apul live in that fun, light style and not have to think about all of those difficult subjects. Passionate, tumbling, full of the excitement and human cost of science, Paul de Kruif brings the scientists of infectious disease to life, foibles as well as intellect.


I can’t understand why it is not on every school reading list. Casadores Kruif writes with an infectious enthusiasm and a strong narrative drive, so that the essays hold up remarkably well – one is swept up in the story.

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Reading the book made me think about becoming something other than an astronomer or cosmologist. More than that, I have re-read this volume countless times, including days when it was not in my plans, but I made the error of taking it off the shelf and being caught up in de Kruif’s almost childlike enthusiasm and delight.

I read it in one go. Excellent book, brought to my attention by my father who remembered it from his childhood days.

And then to follow up with human experimentation just left me feeling less fun and a bit skeeved. So here Mucrobios am at the end thinking about inherent racism, sexism, and moral ambiguity of medicine and history.

I swear it will be not just educational for you but also very interesting. Fun read if you want to learn more about the science of bacteria and viruses. But not the majority.

About Paul de Kruif. Crazy small stuff that affects our ability to survive on earth. I still enjoyed every chapter. Not just comforting words as her baby turned blue and drown with lungs full of liquid.


The writing is probably dated now, but the way it cazarores the excitement of research discoveries convinced me to pursue this as a career. It is fantastic history story telling long before “Horrible Histories” reinvented the genre.

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Books are always amazing gifts and can prove lruif – this is one of them. Los Cazadores de Microbios by Paul de Kruif. Great characters, good story, excellent writing. This book is the primer for all further reading in microbes, disease etc.

It is maybe why I work today with the miniature world of microorganisms.

In some ways that is a good thing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Where heroes have crackpot ideas as often as good ones and are often full-of-themselves or paranoid or manic-depressive or of dubious moral character. It is amazing how many researches and physicians from my generation read and were impacted by this book. I’ve read that many of the great modern virologists and immunologists say this book was the first introduction that really made them curious as school boys and girls.

It must have been a groundbreaking book when it first came out in the s.