London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1974, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover:
From the cover: One of the most important and influential scientific theories of all time the germ theory was established in the quarter of a century after 1856. During this period bacteria which cause disease and death were identified and soon cures or vaccines against them were developed. Medicine was revolutionised.
Many men of prodigious talent took part in this momentous transformation. The story shifts from country to country from Jenners rural practice in England to Pasteurs laboratories in the breweries and silk farms of France, and on to Kochs surgery in Prussia. The problems changed. At one point the interest centred on crystal chemistry, at another it was found to be vital to discover a solid rather than a liquid medium in which bacteria would multiply. As in so many cases of major scientific discovery, there were jealousies, rows and acts of petty selfishness. But there were also great strokes of luck, and acts of heroism as well as frightening setbacks.
It is a narrative as exciting as any novel. But it is more than just that. Robert Reid is able to use the germ theory as a case-study in the methods and responsibilities of scientists. A great discovery may turn out to be a double-edged sword, yet the process of discovering ways to control nature must go on if a world saved from disease is not to see, instead, men dying of starvation.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 170 pages. 9¼” x 6¼”.