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Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World [NOOK Book]

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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 ourselves and the world we live in. In Breakthrough! How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World, Jon Queijo tells the hidden stories behind history’s most amazing ...

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Overview

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 ourselves and the world we live in. In Breakthrough! How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World, Jon Queijo tells the hidden stories behind 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. From germs to genetics, the ancient Hippocrates to the cutting edge, these are stories that have changed the world–and, quite likely, saved your life.

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"This very well-written, cogent, and accessible book by freelance writer Queijo will be an important resource, especially for a lay audience. Each of the ten medical discoveries mentioned in the title is really a chapter delimiting the history of medicine. Chapters range from The World's First Physician: Hippocrates and the Discovery of Medicine' to 'A Return to Tradition: The Rediscovery of Alternative Medicine.' This book deserves a very wide readership. Especially useful for general readers, it also will be applicable in undergraduate education across a surprising range of disciplines." Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and researchers/faculty. Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131372405
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Series: FT Press Science
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 496,770
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jon Queijo has been writing about science, medicine, and mental health for more than 25 years, in positions that include senior medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry, staff writer for the New England Journal of Medicine consumer publication Weekly Briefings, and staff writer for Bostonia magazine. His freelance articles have appeared in various publications, including Brain Work (The Dana Foundation), Psychology and Personal Growth, Environment, and Science Digest.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . xv

About the Author . . . xvi

Introduction . . . 1

Chapter 1. The World’s First Physician: Hippocrates and the Discovery of Medicine . . . 7

Chapter 2. How Cholera Saved Civilization: The Discovery of Sanitation . . . 27

Chapter 3. Invisible Invaders: The Discovery of Germs and How They Cause Disease . . . 45

Chapter 4. For the Relief of Unbearable Pain: The Discovery of Anesthesia . . . 67

Chapter 5. I’m Looking Through You: The Discovery of X-Rays . . . 91

Chapter 6. The Scratch That Saved a Million Lives: The Discovery of Vaccines . . . 115

Chapter 7. From Ancient Molds to Modern Miracles: The Discovery of Antibiotics . . . 139

Chapter 8. Breaking God’s Code: The Discovery of Heredity, Genetics, and DNA . . . 163

Chapter 9. Medicines for the Mind: The Discovery of Drugs for Madness, Sadness, and Fear . . . 193

Chapter 10. A Return to Tradition: The Rediscovery of Alternative Medicine . . . 221

Epilogue . . . 251

Appendix A. The Milestones, by Discovery . . . 257

Appendix B. References and Additional Reading . . . 261

Index . . . 279

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    read with reason

    Mostly garbage reason is presented in this book. The author seems to have little grasp on valid logic and will infer facts that are simply false. Chapter 10 is a perfect example of ignorance, or an immoral, treatment to the pursuit of truth.

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Very Interesting

    It is amazing how medical breakthroughs were so often due to a lucky break. Also how resistant mainstream medicine was/is to accept new ideas. If you have a layman's interest in various medical discoveries then read this book and you will be facinated by the stories behind major medical discoveries that , today, we take for granted.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    really enlightening

    I admit I was initially intimidated by this book. But I loved how the author wrote in terms I, not being in the medical field, could understand and learn about things I just take for granted. :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    not a story

    im half way through and this book barely ha any stoyry you cn get attached to

    3 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Medical Info Pertinent to Today

    I am a nurse and this book was excellent- loved the "man on the street" reactions to the innovative ideas!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Great!

    I really enjoyed this book! It was easy to read and very informative. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in medicine, science and history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    verg good knowledge

    was good data

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    surprisingly good

    If you have any medical background whatever you will enjoy this book. I knew some medical history but this book provides detailed play by play of some great discoveries. Did you know anesthetic drugs were first party drugs, and then found their eventual use when the party-goers realized their mishaps didn't hurt? Not a page-turner but a book I enjoyed...thank-you Free Fridays.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Informative and interesting

    I can definitely appreciate a historical book that is both readable and entertaining. This book was easy to digest while remaining thought provoking as it covered large spans of time. Politics aside, this text provides much to ponder regarding our civilization and Western attitudes toward wellness.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Why??

    Is there a reason this is listed in the free section and on the Free Friday blog but is currently listed at 9.99?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

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    Reading expands one¿s mind and can cause one to be mindful. I wa

    Reading expands one’s mind and can cause one to be mindful. I was aware that I lived in an age where it is easy to take one’s health for granted – most infections are relatively minor, research and discoveries are honored, sanitation (in America) is an expectation to the point of being a “personal right.” In such an environment, it is important to be reminded of how those assumptions (and many others) came to be possible. This book opened doors I was unaware were closed and answered questions that had been of a nagging nature but knew not what to ask.
    The book is divided into ten chapters and epilogue. Each chapter addresses the ten most important discoveries of medicine, as determined by polls taken by the British Medical Journal and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Centers for Disease Control. Each chapter is well researched and amazingly brief considering the material covered in each segment. Moving from the invention of medicine (chapter 1), to Sanitation (2), germs (3), anesthesia (4), x-rays (5), vaccines (6), antibiotics (7), Heredity, Genetics DNA (8), Drugs for Mental Illness (9) and the “Re-discovery” of alternative medicine, the author gives a thorough overview of each discovery. I found myself highlighting much of each chapter as the facts were somehow apparent but surprising. 
    Of all the “ah HA!” moments I found in this book, the largest came early in the book.  Sanitation ranks second behind the discovery of medicine (Hippocrates was the first to use disciplined methods to treat the sick) as the most important medical discovery. Having a clean environment keeps disease from: forming, spreading, evolving, etc. Sanitation is a relatively recent concept and is still a foreign idea in many parts of the world. What struck me the most about this discovery is the reality that history is repeating itself; sanitation was discovered to be hugely beneficial and we are becoming increasingly aware of how unsanitary we are making our entire environment.  
    This is not the kind of book one will read in one setting, but it is one any self-respecting “useless facts” Geek will refer to with frequency. I will use this book while preparing for my next big Trivial Pursuit tourney.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Loved it

    This book was easy to read as it was very interesting. Things that we take for granted were controversial once, and it was fascinating learning about them.
    I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Enjoyed it

    I enjoyed this book. Written at a relatable level -- just enough detail to explain but not enough to confuse. If you enjoy history or science, you will enjoy the big picture this book gives on medical history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Fascinating!

    Great deal for a free book. Gotta admit, the writing ( and basic spelling, grammar) of most self-published Smashwords titles are usually unreadable for me...but this one was very professional, engaging & fascinating- great science writing with lively anecdotes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Very good overview.

    Im not in the medical field but found this easy to read and understand. I had a lot of "a ha" moments reading this. They explain all the modern medicine that we take for granted. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Alright

    Some was interesting, especially the early-day information. Got a bit boring and too detailed for the average person towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Very interesting

    What a great idea. Hopefully the future brings more discoveries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Wow

    Very interesting. Author did a great job explaining how these world changing things occurred.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    A Solid Tour of the History of Medical Discoveries

    A solid, albeit at some points workmanlike, tour through the top ten breakthroughs in medicine. This book is at it's best when it is describing the historical accidents surrounding medical discoveries; I wont's soon forget many of the anecdotes about early medical cases. After plotting out the many benefits accrued by the slow triumph of evidence-based medicine, the inclusion of "Integrative Medicine" in the final chapter seem a bit incongruous- or at least premature - but the chapter on alternative treatments does give the author a good excuse to digress on the history of medicine in the 19th century in the United States. Overall: a worthwhile, quick read.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Interesting but repetitive

    A good premise, well researched, but presented in a very repetitive manner. The 10 sections, each covering one medical "breakthrough," could have been streamlined by reining in the author's tendency to use the same language to make a point over and over again. This book could have been a much better read, had the author shown respect for his readers' ability to understand its message the first time, and not tried to make his point over and over again, often repeating himself word for word or nearly so. With judicious editing, this book could have been much better -- and about 25% shorter.

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