Part of National Geographic's "Science Quest" series, this historical science book takes the reader from the early epidemics, to the discovery and developments of vaccines, to the eradication of many once-feared diseases due to vaccination. Timeline side-notes help keep the world in perspective, biographical sidebars provide facts on science's most famous men and women, photos and reproductions of artwork provide a window into the past, and helpful notes on the laws of motion are integrated throughout. 64 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.
The challenge for young readers: follow the scientific quest to finding the world's first vaccinesand move towards a future of saving lives worldwide.
Thanks to modern vaccines, many diseases, such as smallpox, cholera, and polio, have been virtually eradicated. Before the discovery of vaccines, however, epidemics killed thousands of people worldwide every year.
Killing Germs, Saving Lives traces the path to the creation of the vaccines that revolutionized modern medicine. Young readers learn of the background to this historic quest through fascinating profiles of the men and women whose breakthroughs changed the world. Personal portraits of the scientists involved give aspiring young scientists a look at great figures like Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, and Florence Nightingale.
Readers will tour the germ-filled hospitals of the past, examine the current state of vaccine research, and look ahead to future developments in this fascinating scientific field.
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