What's a Germ, Joseph Lister?: A Medical Mystery that Forever Changed the Way We Heal

By Lori Alexander
Illustrators Illustrated by Daniel Duncan Edition

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Publisher HarperCollins Imprint Clarion ISBN


What's a Germ, Joseph Lister?: A Medical Mystery that Forever Changed the Way We Heal

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Discrimination: Reference/Discussion,Illustrations/Images: Blood/Gore,Medical: Graphic Descriptions

Sibert Honor winner Lori Alexander presents a highly illustrated biography about the Father of Modern Surgery. Timely in its discussion of germs and of the importance of following science, this engrossing biography will reveal the shocking practices of surgeons and doctors before Joseph Lister proved just where infections come from.

The gruesome history of surgery is filled with screaming patients, amputations, and deadly infections …

In 1841, a quiet, curious boy who stuttered when nervous committed to becoming a surgeon—a profession then more feared than respected. Through study, persistence, and careful research, Joseph Lister proved that unsanitary conditions contribute to infections. Despite others scoffing at the idea of washing their hands before operating, Lister slowly changed the way all surgeons work, saving countless lives.

A revealing look at germs and the importance of following science, Lori Alexander’s accessible and engrossing biography of Joseph Lister contains fun—and sometimes gory—facts about the history of science and engaging illustrations by Daniel Duncan.

Time line. Glossary. Source notes.
Selected bibliography. Resources for young readers. Index.
Full-color illustrations. Full-color and black-and-white historical photographs and images.
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