The challenge for young readers: follow the scientific quest to finding the world's first vaccinesand move towards a future of saving lives worldwide. Thanks to modern vaccines, diseases such as smallpox, cholera, and polio have been virtually eradicated. But before the discovery of vaccines, epidemics killed thousands of people worldwide every year. Readers tour the germ-filled hospitals of the past, examine the current state of vaccine research, and look ahead to future developments in this fascinating scientific field.
Killing Germs, Saving Lives traces the path to the creation of the vaccines that revolutionized modern medicine. Personal portraits of great figures like Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, and Florence Nightingale inspire the next generation of young scientists.
The experts at National Geographic invite inquiring young minds to follow historical "quests" towards some of the most important scientific discoveries of our times. A useful timeline, informational sidebars, research tools, tips, and fact boxes ensure young readers actively learn about the history of science and are motivated to pursue scientific inquiry.