Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Martinus Beijerinck

  • Martinus Beijerinck: A co-discoverer of viruses

    Philip LiebsonChicago, Illinois, United States As early as 1676, Dutch textile worker Anthony Van Leeuwenhoek, working with an early microscope, was the first to identify bacteria. Because of the size of bacteria, easily seen by a microscope, it was inevitable that bacteria would be discovered by someone. Not so with viruses. Although the smallest bacteria…