Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine into the Modern Ageby Julie M. Fenster
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
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. It is a field populated by the bold, eccentric, and inventive likes of Werner Forssmann, a doctor who had so much confidence in his theory that catheters could be inserted into human hearts for diagnostic purposes that he inserted one into his own (he then galloped to the X-ray department to have a photograph taken of the catheter lying in his right auricle); Anton Von Leeuwenhok, a Dutch draper and part-time janitor who ground his own lenses for the microscope and in the 1670s discovered the existence of protozoa, bacteria, sperm, and blood cells; Wilhelm Roentgen, who in his basement developed the X-ray machine with a single cathode ray and some cardboard; and Jean-Baptiste Denis who performed the first recorded blood transfusion, with lamb's blood, and found himself later charged with murder, if on manufactured evidence (the patient had been poisoned not by bad blood but by his discontented wife).
From Typhoid Mary to Dolly, from Andreas Vesalius's sixteenth century studies in anatomy to John Gibbon Jr.'s development of the heart-lung machine over two decades in the twentieth, here are the healers and dreamers who marched resolutely ahead of their time-and altered the face of medicine
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