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René Dubos, Friend of the Good Earth: Microbiologist, Medical Scientist, Environmentalist is a biography of one of the most influential scientists in recent history. Documenting his life from his birth in 1901 to his death in 1982, this book examines the intriguing career of Dubos and his tremendous impact on science, medicine, society, and the environment. Dubos' science is presented in the context of 20th century biology, medicine, and ecology. The ecological approach that led to his discovery of the first antibiotic was the foundation for his career as a medical scientist and environmentalist. The issues he raised, including antibiotic resistance, the interrelatedness of environmental health to human health, and the potential danger of relying too heavily on vaccines and drugs to eradicate disease, continue to be provocative and increasingly relevant today. A prolific author and a passionate humanist, Dubos served as the conscience of the environmental movement and coined the popular motto Think Globally, Act Locally. A balance of scientific and personal history, Rene Dubos, Friend of the Good Earth will engage a wide range of readers including biologists, medical scientists, bioethicists, physicians, ecologists, environmentalists, policymakers, historians, and general readers.
A biography of one of the most influential scientists in recent history. - Presents an in-depth examination of the life and valuable work of an eminent 20th century scientist. - Explores Dubos' many influential roles--as scientist, as environmentalist, and as humanist--and the continuing impact of his work. - Provides a full description of the methods used in the first systematic search and discovery of an antibiotic. - Illustrates the evolution of Dubos' science from microbes to humans to society and to the Earth. - Examines Dubos' role in launching the antibiotic era, revising the germ theory, and redefining health to encompass living with disease.