Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine into the Modern Age
Hardcover: 320 pages
Carroll & Graf Publishers
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This book is fascinating to read and makes a wonderful gift for anyone in the medical profession.
They were heretics. They were geniuses. They were visionaries. But mostly they were pioneers, the men and women who at great personal risk - and often to tragic result - pushed forward the boundaries of their contemporary medicine into the modern age.
They were Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who on her 1717 travels in the Ottoman Empire realized the possibilities of smallpox inoculation, and Robert Koch, who isolated the tuberculosis bacillus. They are Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful organ transplant, and Ian Wilmut, who cloned a sheep famously named Dolly.
With colorful narrative detail Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine, the companion volume to The History Channel series of the same name, brings to dramatic life the extraordinary stories behind twenty groundbreaking achievements in the field of medical science. Example of pioneers described in this fascinating book:
- From Werner Forssmann, who was so confident in his theory that doctors could insert a catheter into humans’ hearts for diagnostic purposes that he inserted one into his own heart, while watching on a live X ray (and was basically thrown out of the profession, only to be awarded the Nobel Prize just before his death many years later), to Anton Von Leewenhoek, a draper and part-time janitor who discovered the existence of protozoa, bacteria, sperm, and blood cells
- From Wilhelm Roentgen, who developed the X-ray machine in his basement with a single cathode ray and some cardboard, to Jean-Baptiste Denis who gave the first-known blood transfusion (with sheep’s blood) and was later charged with murder (on manufactured evidence)
Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine is populated with the heretics and visionaries who forever changed medical science. This fully illustrated publication is the companion volume to The History Channel mini-series of the same name.
"Fenster, whose previous book, Ether Day, told the story of the discovery of anesthesia, here writes engagingly about the persecuted pioneers behind some of medicine's greatest achievements. Some of the people she chronicles truly did risk their lives (or those of others) with their innovations; some risked merely their reputations, fortunes or careers. All had to fight to be understood." - Publishers Weekly
"Companion to a History Channel miniseries, a slightly idiosyncratic collection of 20 short pieces focusing on men and women who made noteworthy contributions to medical knowledge. Fenster (Ether Day, 2001, etc.) provides the necessary context for understanding the significance of her subjects’ accomplishments in a readable, undemanding fashion. With descriptions of their physical appearance, personality quirks, and domestic tribulations, she makes every effort to bring these people to life and to set them in their time and place. She has grouped her pieces into five categories: understanding the body, germ theory, magic bullets, the mind, and surgery." - Kirkus Reviews
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