DISEASE DETECTIVES by Melvin Berger

DISEASE DETECTIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Unlike Berger's other entries in the Scientists at Work series, this sticks to one story--the Legionnaires' Disease mystery--to demonstrate the workings of the federal Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. The search for a bacterial, viral, or other cause takes readers into the labs where virologists painstakingly test samples with antibodies and examine them with electron microscopes, toxicologists subject them to gas chromatology, and so on--until a later, longer look at the slides turns up the previously overlooked bacteria. As usual for the series, the photos (courtesy of the CDC) are of the P.R., console variety, and Berger's text also tends to overemphasize routines and devices--but the Legionnaire's Disease case gives the book focus and continuity.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1979
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell