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Chapter 25 : Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif: A Major Force in Microbiological History
Chances are good that when you ask senior microbiologists how they got into this science, they will tell you that they were influenced as teenagers by reading Microbe Hunters. I was about 14 years old when I did, and I became transfixed by the glorious and intrepid achievements of our forefathers, told in a jaunty and florid style. There was nothing else I wanted to do with myself than to become a Microbe Hunter.