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"A wonderfully clear account of the great moments in medicine and a powerful reminder of the possibility of improvement in the fight against illness." --Matt Ridley, author ofGenome
10 World-Changing Revolutions in Medicine...and the Remarkable Human Discoveries That Made Them Possible
• The unforgettable life-or-death stories behind antibiotics, vaccines, DNA, X-rays, and more
• What happened, how it happened, and what it means to you today
• A colorful cast of characters whose discoveries were often driven not only by personal tragedy, curiosity, and hard work, but petty bickering, dumb luck, and a healthy dose of humor
• For anyone interested in science, medicine, and beyond...
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. InBreakthrough!, Jon Queijo tells the hidden stories behind 10 of 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.
We are fortunate to live in this time. Superstition, ignorance and fear have largely been driven back by scientific discovery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Senior Ninja
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... Read morePublished 15 months ago by YoyoMitch
Although parts of this book are interesting, as a volume it doesn't measure up as a scholarly work of the history of medicine. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by JWH
I love reading articles about science and medicine, especially medical history, so I was excited to read "Breakthrough! Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by A. Carter
I love history and I love the history of ideas. That being said, I can't say that I loved this book.
It is written like a very dry, very well-researched dissertation. Read more
As usual, this purchase was an addition for extra informatin for classes, and Amazon came through with ease and efficiency at a great cost for me. Thank You Amazon for everything. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Skie
Alternative med appraches like Homeopathy remain unproven and lumping them with great discoveries spoils the tone a bit. Read morePublished on September 10, 2011 by Atul V
It seems that all great discoveries (medical and otherwise), have a story behind them which reveals the discovery to be part hard work, part inspiration, and part luck. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Likes to eat Pi