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Mavericks, miracles, and medicine : the pioneers who risked their lives to bring medicine into the modern age

Author: J M Fenster; History Channel (Television network)
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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Nearly all of the advances introduced against the odds by the people in this book still contribute to healing. Julie M. Fenster's riveting tales of the visionaries who pushed forward the boundaries of modern medicine, often at tremendous peril to themselves, is a rich tapestry of the personal stories which support great science, as well as of the groundbreaking science behind those stories. Whether read as a work
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Fenster; History Channel (Television network)
ISBN: 0786712368 9780786712366 0786714158 9780786714155
OCLC Number: 52825127
Notes: "The companion to The History Channel series Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine."
Description: xv, 304 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The art of medicine : Andreas Vesalius, observation and anatomy --
A peculiar light : Wilhelm Roentgen, the first x-ray --
Picture of youth : Werner Forssmann, the cardiac catheter --
Never say die : Ian Wilmut and Dolly, cloning a mammal --
Perfect focus : Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the microscopic world --
Too much trouble : Ignaz Semmelweis, hospital cleanliness --
Public enemy : Robert Koch, the tuberculosis bacillus --
Trailing death : George A. Soper and Mary Mallon, "Typhoid Mary" --
Worldly wise : Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, smallpox innoculation --
Tag ook : Paul Ehrlich, Salvarsan for syphilis --
Et al : Selman Waksman and Albert Schatz, a drug for TB --
Battery operated : Arne and Else-Marie Larsson, the cardiac pacemaker --
Organized brain : Thomas Willis, depicting cranial anatomy --
Lost in thought : Franz Joseph Gall, phrenology --
Ether frolic : Horace Wells, William T.G. Morton, and Charles Jackson, surgical anesthetic --
Human feeling : David Ferrier and Frances Power Cobbe, brain localization and the animal-rights debate --
Transfusion of murder : Jean-Baptiste Denis, experiments in blood transfusion --
Master of the system : William Harvey, blood circulation --
Long way to bypass : John H. Gibbon Jr., the heart-lung machine --
A bit of life : Joseph E. Murray and John P. Merrill, kidney transplantation.
Responsibility: Julie M. Fenster.
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Nearly all of the advances introduced against the odds by the people in this book still contribute to healing. Julie M. Fenster's riveting tales of the visionaries who pushed forward the boundaries of modern medicine, often at tremendous peril to themselves, is a rich tapestry of the personal stories which support great science, as well as of the groundbreaking science behind those stories. Whether read as a work which complements and adds to The History Channel series, or on its own merits, Mavericks, Miracles and Medicine is a startling reminder of the randomness of human progress -- and of the obsessed geniuses and eccentrics without whom our lives would be vastly different. - Jacket.

"Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine, the companion volume to The History Channel series of the same name, brings to life the stories behind twenty groundbreaking achievements in the field of medical science." "From Typhoid Mary to Dolly, from Andreas Vesalius's sixteenth century studies in anatomy to John Gibbon Jr.'s development of the heart-lung machine over two decades in the twentieth, here are the healers and dreamers who marched resolutely ahead of their time - and altered the face of medicine for all time."--Jacket.

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