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5.0 out of 5 starsA Needful Required Read
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
Reading about a great giant in time past who did so much for humanity is humbly inspiring. As inspiring as it may be it is a tragedy that minds of such great caliber is not well known in educated circles. Learning about greatness inspires the reader to pursue greatness for the better generations. This book ought to a required in the early years of education.
I purchased this book due to its high rating. Unfortunately, I will never be able to read it. The print is about half the size of a normal printed book and the thought of using a magnifying glass makes me sick to my stomach to think of it. So I will donate it to my library and hope that they can sell it and apply the proceeds to a book that a normal visioned person can actually read.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Beginnings of Modern Lifesaving Medicine
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2015
Very good biography of one of the most important people who ever lived. His discoveries have saved more lives in my opinion than have those of anyone else in the history of medicine. The only thing I would have enjoyed more would have been an autobiography, but he certainly was too dedicated to his work to take time to write about himself.
Nothing real fancy, just a good old fashioned history book. A nice read, sort of when you were a kid, and still could get excited about learning new things. The book really feeds the imagination, and allows one to consider the possible.
5.0 out of 5 starskeim's biography of pasteur is great and intelligent
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2014
Keim wrote 100 years ago but for those of us who appreciate an old fashion approach to biography, showing the man in all his glory and humility he is great. Very well written. A classic. To add a little context I've actually sought out Keim biographies reading his Balzac and Dickens bio's as well. They are all shorter. This follows his standard 10 chapters or so with the first chapter being boyhood and fills you with hope and last chapter handles the end of their life and death and is always a little sad. He has a more intimate take on the figures he writes about yet objective and seemingly loaded with facts. Each chapter is one stage of life of some years and it goes quick unlike some of the modern 500-800 page biographies. This particular biography was perhaps a little more melancholic as Pasteur was often very serious(and seems self sacrificing not trying to directly capitalize on any of his ideas to make money directly beyond what a public figure can be awarded by universities/state). But we still through the book remember him as the boy he started out as, who was devoted to family and took some time to be able to move into life on his own. The handling of the scientific world and breakthroughs of Pasteur was involved in is very well done impressing you with significance of how what Pasteur did added up. Modern thinking has sometimes been critical of the pure Pasteur approaches citing we can sometimes be to 'clean'. But this takes you into a world that Pasteur was born in that was not really conscious of the theory of germs. The immediate benefits that all this yielded to impress the 19th century mind becomes apparent, such as the millions of franks saved by specific industries Keim talks about that Pasteur applied his ideas to(in all Keim's biographies he researches and comes up with exact figures of pounds franks that were involved at the time in matters) or the 1000's of people saved by his rabies cure at a time when mad dogs previously were simply a threat to avoid and if not you probably died. No matter what one may think of all this today we realize through this that it was indeed a revolution.