New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, . 8vo. [viii], 376 pp., including half-title and index. FIRST EDITION. With 11 plates and 22 woodcuts. Publisher’s blue cloth, decorated in blind; an uncut copy with an inscription on fly-leaf dated 1928. Item #12113
First edition. This book includes several essays about hunger and the people responsible for the movement to fight it, including Mark Alfred Carleton, Angus Mackay, John Mohler, and Stephen Moulton Babcock. Chapter titles include the wheat dreamer, the scientific bolshevik; the maize finders, and finder of the hidden hunger.
De Kruif (1890-1971) trained as a bacteriologist and pathologist at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. Following World War I, he returned to Michigan to work with the bacteriologist Frederick Novy, where he published his work on streptococci and complement activation. After two years at the Rockefeller Center, De Kruif was fired for his anonymous contribution to a book called Civilization, where he described the state of American medicine as a “mélange of religious ritual, more or less accurate folk-lore, and commercial cunning,” also stating that a scientific approach to disease prevention and treatment was undetectable. The author of one of the most successful pop science books of all time, Microbe Hunters, De Kruif inspired an entire generation of biological scientists to pursue research careers.