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

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by Jon Queijo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0137137486

ISBN-13: 9780137137480

Pub. Date: 03/11/2010

Publisher: FT Press

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

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9780137137480
Publisher:
FT Press
Publication date:
03/11/2010
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 400 reviews.
tenagail More than 1 year ago
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.
roberta722 More than 1 year ago
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. :)
poseygrower4 More than 1 year ago
I am a nurse and this book was excellent- loved the "man on the street" reactions to the innovative ideas!
James Gunning More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Reading expands one&rsquo;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&rsquo;s health for granted &ndash; most infections are relatively minor, research and discoveries are honored, sanitation (in America) is an expectation to the point of being a &ldquo;personal right.&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;Re-discovery&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;ah HA!&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;useless facts&rdquo; Geek will refer to with frequency. I will use this book while preparing for my next big Trivial Pursuit tourney.
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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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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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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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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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