PAUL DE KRUIF - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/31/1935 - HFSID 273080
PAUL de KRUIF. TLS: "Paul de Kruif", 1p, 8½x5½. Holland, Michigan, 1935 October 31. On imprinted "Wake Robin" letterhead to "Dear Mr. Wells". In full: "I have never seen the word preventative used in medicine.
Sale Price $81.00
PAUL de KRUIF. TLS: "Paul de Kruif", 1p, 8½x5½. Holland, Michigan, 1935 October 31. On imprinted "Wake Robin" letterhead to "Dear Mr. Wells". In full: "I have never seen the word preventative used in medicine. You mention that I had just finished SEVEN IRON MEN the last time I wrote to you. I am right now reading proof on WHY KEEP THEM ALIVE to appear in February, so somebody must have been wrong! Yours very truly". De Kruif's books, Seven Iron Men and Why Keep Them Alive, were both published in 1937. American microbiologist and author Paul de Kruif (1890-1971) is best known for his 1926 work, Microbe Hunters, and he also contributed scientific and medical information to Sinclair Lewis' 1925 novel, Arrowsmith (although Lewis is listed as the sole author of the book, de Kruif received 25% of the royalties for his considerable contributions). A veteran of WWI, de Kruif had occasional contact with noted French biologists, but he became a full-time writer after briefly working for the Rockefeller Institute (essays de Kruif wrote while working there led to his dismissal). He also wrote on science and medicine for such leading magazines as "Ladies' Home Journal", "Country Gentleman" and "Reader's Digest". De Kruif published his autobiography, The Sweeping Wind, in 1962. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light ink mark at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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