October 1963

The Unseen World.

Author Affiliations

By Bené Dubos, PhD, MD (Hon). Price, $4.75. Pp 110, with 57 illustrations. The Rockefeller Institute Press (in association with Oxford University Press, New York), 417 Fifth Ave, New York 16, 1962.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):621. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040217023

Your book review editor sent me a letter the other day:

Dear Ian, This delightful book is by a man whom I know you admire. Even I, old and tired as I am, enjoyed dipping into it... and well he might. It is a delightful volume albeit overfancified by the publisher and inflated in price, but nonetheless a gem. As a former indentured apprentice of this master of the romance of bacteriology I can see him throw his heart and soul—aye, even a measure of his thyroid—into these lectures for high-school students. The applause, according to Dr. Bronk in the introduction, was deafening and well it might be, because this record of the lectures written with felicity and beauty stirs within one a swelling pride in the accomplishments of the "domestication" of microbial life. Similarly, it is bound to light a fire in many high-school students bursting with potential energy

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