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The title of a book cannot be copyrighted but anyone who chooses to use Microbe Hunters in any book title has either enormous chutzpah or vaunting ambition The original Microbe Hunters written by Paul de Kruif in 1927 probably did more to proselytize young minds into careers in medicine and science than any book ever written See Richard Rhodes intriguing tour of prion diseases He begins with a young Nobel Laureate-to-be Carlton Gajdusek who after reading de Kruifs chronicle carves the names of Leeuwenhoek Koch Pasteur and Walter Reed into the stairs leading to his childhood laboratory1 It is as if Koproski and Oldstone believe that an updated version of this classic work is needed to charge the minds of a newer generation of aspiring researchers Do they succeed Yes I believe they do and they have accomplished the task handsomely I further believe that this is the book of the decade it should be read not only by kids but also by anyone interested in past medical and scientific research and the most important contemporaneous infectious diseases as well as provocative glimpses beyond the horizon The Hot Zone and The Coming Plague pale in comparison There is something for everyone in this 456-page book insightful biographical sketches of pioneer microbe hunters first described by de Kruif 70 years ago up-to-date clinical and experimental data precious historical tidbits carefully selected maps charts graphs tables and photographs and a colorful spectrum of infections covering most historical diseases and the newer emerging diseases--hence the title Potential problems with all multi-authored books are unevenness redundancy and logorrhea None of these problems exists here thanks to the meticulous editing of Koproski and Oldstone Each chapter begins with a 1-page vignette--a mini short story giving a personality to the disease followed by dueling chapters that discuss the past present and future directions of a particular infection Forty-three experts discuss 11 viral infections of humans 2 viral diseases
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