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Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12) Hardcover – May 12, 2005
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Each chapter includes several illustrations (sketchs, and/or photographs which are all captioned), several sidebars filled with additional information, and concludes with a "Now We Know" section which brings the research up to date. (The book is arranged chronologically).
Also included is "History's Timetable" which lists (starting in the 1500s) key scientists and discoveries up to the present day. Hoping to encourage further study, they have included other guinea pig scientists in italicized font throughout the timetable.
GUINEA PIG SCIENTISTS is well-documented. They list bibliographical references for each chapter in addition to providing bibliographical notes for each quotation. It is also indexed.
GUINEA PIG SCIENTISTS is a fascinating book. With chapter titles like "Swallowing Bags, Bones, and Tubes" "The Sad Story of Laughing Gas" and "The Night of the Deadly Blue Glow" it's sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers.
There is some fascinating information here like the scientist who withstood temperatures of 200 degrees. Incredibly some of the scientists featured in the stories lived to a hearty old age. Even I didn't know that polonium, discovered by Marie Curie, was named after her birth country of Poland.
The authors do a good job making complicated scientific topics understandable and gripping. A few illustrative graphics here and there expounding and clarifying some arcane concepts would have been welcome by this Potato Head.
In the closing comments the authors mention that some in the scientific community frown on self -experimentation, but it's a near necessity for astronauts, hampered by their numbers and their cramped quarters.
I had noticed a lack of diversity in the book's subjects. An author's note explains that self-experimentation had mostly been the province of male Europeans and that not many women experimenters could be found. Dendy and Boring do take pains to point out that people of all racial backgrounds, men and women both, conduct today's experiments.
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This well designed book is aimed at junior high/high school readers, but is really good for anyone interested in science and scientists. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Sandra F. Strange
We all know that inventions must be tested. We hear a lot about testing of product and drugs on animals. Read morePublished on March 10, 2007 by Melissa Sack
Self-experimenters in science and medicine often fostered discoveries and advancements which hastened the invention of much-needed cures, yet are seldom discussed: that's why... Read morePublished on October 4, 2005 by Midwest Book Review