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Cazadores de Microbios : Paul De Kruif :

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. Not just comforting words as her baby turned blue and drown with lungs full of liquid. Even though Lewis was listed as the sole author, De Kruif’s contribution was significant, and he received 25 percent of the royalties.

Jan 01, Chuchiqo rated it it was amazing. Reading the book made me think about becoming something other than an astronomer or cosmologist.

There is language that is demeaning for minorities, but minorities were demeaned then. I don’t think it was intentional. I think I’d give him 4 if it was intentional.

Los Cazadores de Microbios : Paul De Kruif :

He was utterly correct. This author somehow makes it seem as though he is just micdobios you a story, as if he is just beside you talking to you.


It makes his accuracy seriously questionable especially in the last chapter. Those that followed him figured out that it was these wee beasties that made us sick and even die by the millions.

It is fantastic history story telling long before “Horrible Histories” reinvented the genre. It must have been a groundbreaking book when it first came out in the s. Quotes from Los Cazadores de Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

The author makes racist remarks about black, Asian, Indian, Cuban, Jewish, Spanish and ve people that get more frequent as the book goes on. Refresh and try again. 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. Late in the 19th century, Louis Pasteur figured out ways to kill bacteria in livestock, wine and beer, and ultimately humans.

Escrita en tono divulgativo que entretiene y mantiene enganchada en su lectura. Why am I reviewing it now? When there are weeks, months, and even years of diligent work with little if any revelations of micrpbios, it is truly astounding that these researchers endured to make such great discoveries.

The idea of science as a gradual unravelling of underlying truths is clearly there as is the potential of one negative experiment to bring a logically developed theory to grief. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book is unafraid and indeed revels in the wild characters that populated the microbiology lox. De 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.


God’s creations are incredible! Jul 22, Kruir rated it really liked it. But not the majority.

I still enjoyed every chapter. It was given to me by a scientist and I didn’t think much of it microbiod I started reading it. It is a simple book with all the mayor microbiology discovers, told in a very light and interesting way.

So here I am at the end thinking about inherent racism, sexism, and moral ambiguity of medicine and history. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Illustrates how science is always gaining in knowledge and that it’s never done.

Los Cazadores de Microbios

It is amazing how many researches and physicians from my generation read and were impacted by this book. I first read this as a ten-year kruir, but my pleasure in it has hardly diminished in adulthood. About Paul de Kruif. Because of his service in the Sanitary Corps, he had occasional contacts with leading French biologists of the period.