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The Life That Lives on Man by Michael Andrews. New York: Taplinger, 1977. Describes the ecology of the arthropods and bacteria that live on humans.

The Disease Detectives by Gerald Astor. New York: New American Library, 1984. Follow CDC epidemiologists as they uncover the causes of deadly diseases.

Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World. The stories of Leeuwenhoek, Koch, Pasteur, and others are presented in an interesting narrative.

Magnificent Microbes by Bernard Dixon. New York: Atheneum, 1976. A best-selling account of our dependence on microbes.

Man and Microbes by Arno Karlen. New York: Putnam Books, 1995. The natural history of diseases such as AIDS, Lyme disease, and plague is presented to illustrate the adaptations of humans and their parasites.

Profiles of Women Scientists by Elizabeth M. O'Hern. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books, 1985. Twenty short stories describe the modern contributions of women to microbiology and medicine.

Life on Man by Theodor Rosebury. New York: Viking Press. A humorous yet scientific account of the role of microbes on the human body.

The Medical Detectives by Berton Roueche. 2 vols. New York: Truman Talley Books. Roueche describes the scientific investigation of specific medical cases in a series of short stories. Other true stores of medical detection by Roueche are The Orange Man, Eleven Blue Men, and Annals of Epidemiology.

The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas. New York: Viking Press, 1974. Several articles in this delightful book discuss bacteria and their relation to health and disease.

Lab Experiments Resource

Laboratory Experiments in Microbiology by T. R. Johnson and C. L. Case. Menlo Park, CA: Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., 1995.


"Cultured Potatoes" by Judy Contino. Science Activities v30 n3 p21-22 Fall 1993 Describes an activity where students with dirty hands and students with clean hands handle boiled potatoes to observe and compare the growth of mold on the potatoes.

"A Quick and Easy Simulation of Disease Transmission" by Jean L. Dickey. American Biology Teacher v51 n6 p364-65 Sep 1989 Described is an activity in which the transmission of disease is simulated by the students in the classroom using common solutions. Discussed are materials, preparation, procedures, and questions for classroom discussion.

"How to Spread an Epidemic in the Classroom" by E. John. South Australian Science Teachers Journal 4 Sep 1971 Describes classroom model of disease transmission, demonstrating the transfer of Serratia marsescens by direct contact and the detection of the "infected" person.

"Kills Germs" by the Millions by Molly Swails. Science Activities v17 n3 p3-6 Sep-Oct 1980 Described is a science experiment involving the isolation and study of microorganisms. Bacteria from the mouth are cultured on blood agar culture plates and are then exposed to four different mouthwashes to test their effectiveness.

"Making Rounds with Dr. Semmelweis" by Patrick N. Hunt. Science Teacher v51 n1 p33-37 Jan 1984 Describes a minicourse on experimental hypotheses. The courses which treats the investigative nature of biology as a major theme, teaches nonrigorous problem-solving and engenders the excitement of self-discovery. Manipulation of variables in relation to controls, the principles of deduction and induction, and their application to selected historical discoveries are discussed.

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