From Library Journal
Corporate mentors are well known. Less visible are the "mentor chains" that from generation to generation produce eminent scientists. Kanigel traces one such chain in neuroscience and neuropharmacology that accounts for such resarchers as Steve Brodie, Julius Axelrod, Sol Snyder, and Candace Pertall brilliant scientists whose relations are characterized by camaraderie, envy, and frustration. The author's thesis is that participation in elite science through mentor chains provides more than grants, access to laboratories, and awards. It instills the ability to critically and creatively strike at the heart of a research question. An exciting story of discovery that evenly handles the inevitable conflicts. Recommended. Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg
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A beguiling combination of sociological and scientific scholarship, straight reporting and titillating voyeurism.
Making extensive use of interviews and anecdote, Kanigel depicts how, in a mentor-to-protege chain starting with James Shannon and moving to Bernard Brodie and then to Julius Axelrod, the legacy of creativity and empirical style has passed to Snyder and then to Pert.
As compelling as a Jackie Collins novel, though with bigger words.