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Sinclair Lewis met Dr. Paul de Kruif through another well-known physician, Dr. Morris Fishbein. De  Kruif had taken a Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Michigan and had then become a  researcher at Rockefeller Institute, only to lose his appointment when he published  Our Medical  Men,  a book critical of the profession. On their way back from a midnight visit to Eugene Debs, the  labor leader, whom Lewis admired, Fishbein questioned Lewis' plan to write a novel about labor, with  Debs as the model for the hero. At that time or shortly after, Lewis and de Kruif agreed to work  together on a novel about medical science, with a doctor as protagonist and a plague in the  Caribbean as an important episode. They decided to make a research tour together to the West  Indies and to continue to Europe to write the novel.
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