Chapter 5 : Toward a Science of Human Nature

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In 1962, Dubos published a pithy book titled that was read by few and reviewed by no one. Dubos formed many “bricks” in this book from the knowledge he had accumulated during thirty years in scientific medicine. During the next two decades, he used and reused these “bricks” to structure many concepts that he believed would lead to a better understanding of human nature. Before the mid-1950s, many physicians believed that the stomach and small intestine contained only those bacteria ingested with food. By extension, the presence of bacteria, particularly the aerobic and enterococci, meant there was infection or disease. Other important findings revealed that these microbes are acquired soon after birth and persist in constant numbers throughout an animal’s life, most of the bacteria are anaerobic, and areas previously assumed to contain mostly dead or pathogenic bacteria in fact normally harbor large populations of living organisms.

Citation: Moberg C. 2005. Toward a Science of Human Nature, p 119-142. In René Dubos, Friend of the Good Earth. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817565.ch5
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