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Breakthrough! : how the 10 greatest discoveries in medicine saved millions and changed our view of the world / Jon Queijo. [electronic resource]

Author/Creator:
Queijo, Jon, 1955-
Publication:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press Science, c2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xiv, 287 p. ) ill. ;
Edition:
1st edition
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Subjects:
Medicine -- Research -- History.
Discoveries in science.
Medicine -- History -- Research.
Medical subjects:
History of Medicine.
Biomedical Research -- History.
History.
Research.
Humanities.
Science.
Natural Science Disciplines.
Biomedical Research.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
System Details:
text file
Summary:
In this book, the author tells the hidden stories of history's most amazing medical discoveries. This isn't dry history: these are life and death mysteries uncovered, tales of passionate, often mocked individuals who stood their ground and were proven right; they include a colorful cast of characters whose discoveries were often driven not only by personal tragedy, curiosity, and hard work, but also petty bickering, dumb luck, and a healthy dose of humor. From germs to genetics, the ancient Hippocrates to the cutting edge, these are events that have changed the world, and saved lives. He discusses ten world changing revolutions in medicine and the human discoveries that made them possible, the stories behind antibiotics, vaccines, DNA, X-rays, and more. He relates what happened, how it happened, and what it means today. Revolutionary medical breakthroughs like these haven't just changed the way we treat disease, they have transformed how we understand ourselves and the world we live in.
Contents:
The world's first physician : Hippocrates and the discovery of medicine
How cholera saved civilization : the discovery of sanitation
Invisible invaders : the discovery of germs and how they cause disease
For the relief of unbearable pain : the discovery of anesthesia
I'm looking through you : the discovery of X-rays
The scratch that saved a million lives : the discovery of vaccines
From ancient molds to modern miracles : the discovery of antibiotics
Breaking God's code : the discovery of heredity, genetics, and DNA
Medicines for the mind : the discovery of drugs for madness, sadness, and fear
A return to tradition : the rediscovery of alternative medicine
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-278) and index.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
ISBN:
1-282-50253-0
9786612502538
0-13-137242-4