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Germ Theory

Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases

Gaynes, Robert P.



2. Auflage April 2023
384 Seiten, Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-68367-376-7
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Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases,

From the ancient worlds of Hippocrates and Avicenna to the early 20th century hospitals of Paul Ehrlich and Lillian Wald to the modern-day laboratories of François Barré-Sinoussi and Barry Marshall, Germ Theory brings to life the inspiring stories of medical pioneers whose work helped change the very fabric of our understanding of how we think about and treat infectious diseases.

In beautifully crafted narratives, author Robert Gaynes describes and presents compelling stories, including
* How Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccination, faced down scores of naysayers
* How a chance discovery led Louis Pasteur to the idea that the virulence of microbes can be altered
* How scientists in France, the Netherlands, and Denmark produced penicillin during World War 2 while keeping their efforts hidden from the Nazis

The second edition features three new chapters based on interviews with Nobel Laureates François Barré-Sinoussi and Barry Marshall, and former NIAID Director and medical advisor to seven U.S. presidents Anthony Fauci, detailing fascinating accounts from their careers, including their groundbreaking work in the areas of HIV, peptic ulcers, and COVID-19, respectively.

Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for its first edition, Germ Theory is required reading for anyone training or working in the field of infectious diseases or with an interest in microbes, the history of medicine, or how new discoveries can bring about paradigmatic shifts in thinking. Germ Theory, Second Edition was selected as a top community college title for December 2023 by CHOICE: The Top 75 Community College Titles: December 2023 - Choice 360




About the Author

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine

Chapter 3 Avicenna, a Thousand Years Ahead of His Time

Chapter 4 Girolamo Fracastoro and Contagion in Renaissance Medicine

Chapter 5 Antony van Leeuwenhoek and the Birth of Microscopy

Chapter 6 The Demise of the Humoral Theory of Medicine

Chapter 7 Edward Jenner and the Discovery of Vaccination

Chapter 8 Ignaz Semmelweis and the Control of Puerperal Sepsis

Chapter 9 Louis Pasteur and the Germ Theory of Disease

Chapter 10 Robert Koch and the Rise of Bacteriology

Chapter 11 Joseph Lister, the Man Who Made Surgery Safe

Chapter 12 Paul Ehrlich and the Magic Bullet

Chapter 13 Lillian Wald and the Foundations of Modern Public Health

Chapter 14 Alexander Fleming and the Discovery of Penicillin

Chapter 15 Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and the Discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Chapter 16 Barry Marshall and Helicobacter pylori in Peptic Ulcer Disease

Chapter 17 Anthony Fauci, America's Top Infectious Disease Doctor

Chapter 18 Conclusions

From the 1st edition:

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.

CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries


Vol. 49 No. 11

Reviewer: D.C. Anderson, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Review Date: July 2012

Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association