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Louis Pasteur and the founding of microbiology
Ackerman, Jane, 1948-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Follows the life and career of the French scientist who proved the existence of germs and their connection with diseases.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.0 4.0 129642.
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QR31.P37 A25 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Heralded in his lifetime as the greatest scientist of his age, Pasteur forever altered our understanding of the nature of disease.

Author Notes

Jane Ackerman, a clinical psychologist, writes and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Pasteur failed his first college science entrance exam, but he went on to discover a world through his microscope that revolutionized the prevention and treatment of disease. He helped start the fields of immunology and microbiology; he invented the pasteurization of milk; he showed the importance of sanitation in preventing contagious disease. His breakthrough research into germs and how they are transmitted led to widespread vaccinations. Ackerman's style is dense, detailed, and sometimes dull, but the narrative is gripping not only because of the excitement of Pasteur's research but also because of the candid discussion of his personal weaknesses, including his arrogance and his failure to acknowledge the essential contributions of the scientists he worked with. There are occasional scientific diagrams and period photos in color, and, as with other books in the Great Scientists series, everything is well documented for readers who want to find out more. A useful time line, a bibliography, and a list of Web sites are appended. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Although Pasteur is best known for his process of heating liquids to kill the harmful microbes in them, his other accomplishments include contributions to public health, research that helped to save France's silk industry, and the creation of several vaccines. The first chapter opens with the scientist's decision to treat a young boy for rabies, even though the vaccine was still in the developmental stages. Ackerman then makes an awkward transition to a description of Pasteur's birth and childhood. The rest of the book flows more smoothly, chronologically following the chemist's life and work. The author presents an interesting look at a man who was driven to succeed, clearly explains the scientific principles behind his discoveries, and incorporates questions that have since arisen about his research methodology. The numerous full-color reproductions, including portraits and some of Pasteur's own drawings, enhance the text. Students interested in science, biology, or medicine will find this an interesting account.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Dangerous Decisionp. 11
Chapter 2 Emerging Scientistp. 27
Chapter 3 Fermentationp. 41
Chapter 4 Pasteurizationp. 47
Chapter 5 Saving Silkwormsp. 62
Chapter 6 Anthraxp. 79
Chapter 7 Vaccinesp. 89
Chapter 8 The Invisible Virusp. 107
Chapter 9 Pasteur Passes Onp. 123
Timelinep. 132
Sourcesp. 134
Bibliographyp. 139
Websitesp. 141
Indexp. 142