Exploring A History of Microbiology in Philadelphia: 1880 to 2010

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A new informative book to be featured at one of this year’s prestigious book exhibits

Xlibris, the print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the availability of A History of Microbiology in Philadelphia: 1880 to 2010 by author James A. Poupard, Ph.D. Released on September 25, 2010, this book is a new informative tour de force that will take readers on a historical journey to tracing the evolution of microbiology in Philadelphia.

A History of Microbiology in Philadelphia: 1880 to 2010 is an informative book that will take readers back to the 1880s when bacteriology started to become an identifiable discipline of science as it separated from established fields of medicine such as pathology, histology, and microscopy. During this period, Philadelphia medical students traveled to Europe to learn more about this new specialty and brought this knowledge back to the city. This first generation of bacteriologists established crude laboratories, and encouraged lectures in bacteriology to be included in the medical school curriculum.

A two-part release, the first part of this book focuses on the people and institutions that played a significant role in establishing bacteriology in Philadelphia. A second generation of bacteriologists contributed to the formation of academic departments at medical schools, research institutes, and pharmaceutical companies. In 1920, the formation of a branch of the Society of American Bacteriologists in Philadelphia set the stage for recording and documenting the evolution of bacteriology into microbiology with its many sub-specialties. This book attempts to summarize this evolution as it progressed in the Philadelphia area with an emphasis on the role the Eastern Pennsylvania Microbiology organization played in establishing Philadelphia as a center for teaching and research in this important area of science.

This book will be featured at the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries Book Exhibit in Philadelphia, PA on April 7-10, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
James A. Poupard, Ph.D., was born, educated, and lived all his life in Philadelphia. He is currently the president of the Pharma Institute of Philadelphia, Inc. After graduating from the Franklin School of Science and Arts, he received a BA in natural science from Temple University, an MS in clinical microbiology from Thomas Jefferson Medical College, and started his Ph.D. studies in the history of science at Bryn Mawr College and completed it at the University of Pennsylvania. He was supervisor of clinical microbiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and microbiology director at Bryn Mawr Hospital and later became associate professor of microbiology, pathology, and medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he became director of clinical microbiology at SmithKlineBeecham /GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. On leaving GSK in 2003, he became president of the Pharma Institute of Philadelphia, Inc. With over one hundred scientific publications, he is a recognized expert in the area of anti-infectives. He has certification in clinical microbiology and public health and is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and chairs the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives in Baltimore.

A HISTORY OF MICROBIOLOGY IN PHILADELPHIA: 1880 TO 2010 * by James A. Poupard, PhD
Including a Detailed History of the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society for Microbiology from 1920 to 2010
Publication Date: September 25, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 432 pages; 978-1-4535-0391-1
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 432 pages; 978-1-4535-0392-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-0393-5

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