Release Date: 30 April 2010
Category: Biology, Life Sciences
10 world-changing revolutions in medicine, and the remarkable discoveries and human stories behind them
- From Hippocrates to heredity, antibiotics to X-rays: how medicine's greatest breakthroughs happened, transformed the world, and still impact us today.
- The people who made the revolutions: tales of seriousness and silliness, hard work and luck, generosity and greed, good judgment and bad, compassion and genius.
- Will change how you look at today's most widely used treatments.
Why are you alive right now? Chances are, you owe your life to one of the remarkable medical discoveries in this book. Maybe it was vaccines. Or antibiotics. Or X-rays. Revolutionary medical breakthroughs like these haven't just changed the way we treat disease: they've transformed how we understand nature, ourselves, and our place in the world. In Breakthrough! , Jon Queijo tells the hidden stories behind history's ten most amazing medical discoveries. This isn't dry history, or a dutiful account of famous names, dates, and Wikipediastyle facts. These are life-and-death mysteries, dramas of passionate, often mocked individuals who stood their ground and were proven right. Queijo presents the dramatic contexts of each discovery: the mysteries scientists and physicians were struggling with, and the all-too-human emotions and frailties they brought to their work. Queijo explains every breakthrough clearly and simply, so readers can understand their immense importance even without any medical or scientific background. He even presents recent milestones that have advanced these breakthroughs and sometimes led to stunning social consequences. From germs to genetics, the ancient Hippocrates to the cutting edge, these are the stories that have changed the world and, quite likely, saved your life.
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