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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist

by Robert J. Lefkowitz M.D., Randy Hall


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The rollicking memoir from the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize that revels in the joy of science and discovery.

Like Richard Feynman in the field of physics, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz is also known for being a larger-than-life character: a not-immodest, often self-deprecating, always entertaining raconteur. Indeed, when he received the Nobel Prize, the press corps in Sweden covered him intensively, describing him as “the happiest Laureate.”

In addition to his time as a physician, from being a "yellow beret" in the public health corps with Dr. Anthony Fauci to his time as a cardiologist, and his extraordinary transition to biochemistry, which would lead to his Nobel Prize win, Dr. Lefkowitz has ignited passion and curiosity as a fabled mentor and teacher.

But it's all in a day's work, as Lefkowitz reveals in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, which is filled to the brim with anecdotes and energy, and gives us a glimpse into the life of one of today's leading scientists.

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ISBN-13: 9781643136387
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 266,881
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Lefkowitz is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist (Chemistry, 2012) who is best known for showing how adrenaline works via stimulation of specific receptors. He was trained at Columbia, the NIH and Harvard before joining the faculty at Duke University and becoming an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition to being a researcher, Dr. Lefkowitz is a cardiologist as well as a cardiac patient.

Randy Hall was a post-doctoral trainee of Dr. Lefkowitz in the 1990’s and is now a Professor in the Emory University School of Medicine. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers and received major awards for his research. He is also a prize-winning educator with strong interests in science writing and public outreach about science and medicine.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 Matters of the Heart 1

2 Young Man in a Hurry 7

3 The Mysteries of Medicine 15

4 "Who's in the House Tonight?" 27

5 The Yellow Berets 38

6 Breaking the Rules at Mass General 52

7 "Duke? I Never Heard of It." 65

8 Travelin' Man 76

9 Learning to Say No 85

10 The Howard Hughes Medical Institute 90

11 Two Thousand Frogs a Week 98

12 "Mystery Physician Saves Man's Life" 110

13 The Quest for the Holy Grail 123

14 The Rosetta Stone 136

15 How to Fix a Broken Heart 148

16 Against the Odds 158

17 "Well, It's Not the Nobel Prize…" 167

18 Jeopardy! 177

19 The International Scientific Prize Circuit 186

20 The Death Project 197

21 Eat More Chocolate, Win More Nobel Prizes 208

22 Nobel Week 220

23 The New Normal 239

24 The Art of Mentoring 249

25 Roots 262

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 303

Index 307

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