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perhaps the most completely accurate of all microbe hunters. He realized that in microbe hunter. Paul de Kruif states that Spallanzani was not so interested in. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , H V Wyatt and others published Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif. Microbe hunters by Paul De Kruif; 13 editions; First published in ; Subjects: In library, Microorganisms, Bacteriologists, Accessible book.
In , de Kruif published Microbe Hunters which recounted the exploits and discoveries of 14 renowned microbiologists from von Leeuwenhoek to Pasteur, Ross, Paul Ehrlich and Walter Reed. Microbe Hunters became a best seller, was translated into 18 languages, and formed the basis of two Hollywood movies, "Yellow Jack" and "The Magic Bullet.
Transcript of a presentation given at the Houston History of Medicine Society lecture series. PowerPoint slides are also included below. To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately, you may Download the file to your hard drive. Advanced Search. Privacy Copyright. It was Grassi who discovered that malaria in man is transmitted by Anopheles, and who worked out the complete development of the human parasite in this mosquito.
Ross is a very dirty dog. Grassi is dirty, but not a dirty dog. He is a great zoologist, but savage or almost rabid when roused. I believe he is honest—after spending a long time corresponding with him and testing his statements in every way I can.
He has always played the game with me, and I admire him as a worker, though not as an individual human being.
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Ross … knows he will be found out when he is dead, but he means to have a good time while he is alive. In the middle of the flare-up of the quarrel with Ross, and during De Kruif's writing process, Battista Grassi died on 4 May Dobell refrained from mentioning Ross and the priority quarrel.
He read all the literature Dobell had suggested, and he even sought out a copy of Grassi's Documenti in Rome and had it translated into English at his own expense.
Yet, the outspoken views of his friend were insidious, and made him portray Grassi in a more sympathetic light than Ross could stand: … unhappily for the Dignity of Science … Battista Grassi and Ronald Ross were in each other's hair on the question of who did how much.
It was deplorable. To listen to these two, you would think each would rather this noble discovery had remained buried, than have the other get a mite of credit for it.
Indeed, the only consolation to be got from this scientific brawl—aside from the saving of human lives—is the knowledge that microbe hunters are men like the rest of us … Like two quarrelsome small boys they sat there.
In other words … it is an extraordinary achievement in popularization. In this you have succeeded.
I enjoyed reading the book, anyway, and I learnt much from it. But regarding the parts dealing with subjects about which I really do know something, I frequently find myself disagreeing with your interpretation. I don't agree with all you say about Ross, for example, and I know Ross better than you do,—and far more about his work.
Many statements in them are downright lies. From the above it seems that De Kruif had tried to be less biased than Dobell, giving Ross a fairer role.
But with regard to the priority battle, De Kruif gave it only a few lines. He depicted both researchers with their characters and backgrounds, their scientific abilities and research approaches. Some of these sketches are recognizable in the items that Bernardino Fantini formulated in an epistemological analysis of the discovery: their differences in the concept of specificity, the comparative method, analogical reasoning and intuition versus systematic inquiry.
Even compared with the now easily accessible full correspondence, 16 the events of Ross's activities are described rather well.
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In page after page, chapter 10 parallels the description of the drama by Philip Manson-Bahr. He was illogical. He was anti-scientific. Paul de Kruif, remind one of the equally surprising adventures of Sindbad the Sailor or of the late Baron Munchhausen. When the book was to appear in Great Britain, Ross joined some other offended colleagues in a disclaimer. Of course, Ross flatly refused.
He revealed his sources in a restrained, but decisive manner. But first he sent a draft to Alf Harcourt, his publisher. That is to be determined not by the perusal of venomous and slanderous letters, but rather by the thorough study of the above cited sources and by careful investigation of all other original studies bearing upon the work. In his autobiography, The sweeping wind he hardly touched on Ross. The American parasitologist Eli Chernin described the affair between Ross and De Kruif in some detail and with a clear bias against the latter.
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He could have guessed, because he listed De Kruif's autobiography among his references, in which Dobell's view on the priority matter is mentioned. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this document? Why not share!
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At any rate, they met again on the second trip of De Kruif to Europe in and dined together every night he was in London. Microbe hunters , Harcourt, Brace and Company in English. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.