Women and Science

Hill, Justina | Germs and the Man

  • First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for [?] Oliver Shepard, with cordial greetings from Justina Hill, Northampton, June 16, 1941”.

    This work on disease-causing microbes was described as “the best popular presentation that had yet appeared” on the subject by psychiatrist Karl Menninger (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 601). Author Justina Hill (1893 - ?) attended Smith College and the University of Michigan, then served as a Red Cross worker, running a bacteriological laboratory in Spartanburg, South Carolina during the final two years of the First World War. She was then transferred with a Smith College unit to the Near East, where she ran a laboratory for five thousand refugees. “Upon returning to the United States, Hill was made an associate in bacteriology at the Brady Urological Institute and two years later an instructor in urology... She published numerous technical articles in medical journals as well as popular books on bacteriology” (Ogilvie). In 1942 she published Silent Enemies, on the communicable diseases of war, and in 1944 she contributed a piece in the Atlantic: “How Bad is the Flu? The possibility of recurrent epidemics, perhaps of increasing virulence, even of another pandemic, must be faced”.

  • New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1940.

    Octavo. Original buff cloth, titles to spine and upper board blocked in green, decorative design blocked in brown, top edge dyed green. With the dust jacket. 8 double-sided plates. Minor bump to the lower corners of the boards, spine slightly rolled. Binding and contents fresh and clean. A very good copy in the toned and price-clipped jacket with several chips and closed tears and fading of the spine panel.