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"Podolsky's scholarship is awesome, and his grasp of the philosophical and sociologic context of the issues considered make this an important work."

"This thoroughly documented, carefully written book is a landmark analysis... It should be read by everyone who is involved in research and therapeutic development."

"Run; don't walk, to procure your copy of this marvelous book!"

"A useful narrative for those with a keen interest in the history of antimicrobial therapy."

"The book is full of convincing arguments and very sensitive intuitions. It is useful and worthwhile to draw attention, as Podolsky has, to the neglected period of therapeutic culture change between the Golden Age of Microbiology and the advent of antibiotics."

"Podolsky thus examines a forgotten or unexplored aspect of medical history [and] his study also throws light on the antibiotic revolution itself."

"With excellently researched, vivid stories of the challenges to knowledge and practice over the course of a century, Podolsky identifies critical developments that have implications for medical practice and public health extending well beyond his study of pneumonia."