Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine Into the Modern Age

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004 - Medical - 304 pages
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Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine brings to life stories of the pioneering geniuses, eccentrics, and free thinkers who moved beyond the conventions of their day at great personal risk—often with tragic results—to push forward the boundaries of modern medicine. From Werner Forssmann, who was so confident in his theory that doctors could insert a catheter into a human heart for diagnostic purposes that he inserted one into his own heart, while watching on a live X-ray (and was basically thrown out of the profession, only to be awarded the Nobel Prize just before his death many years later), to Anton Von Leewenhoek, a draper and part-time janitor who discovered the existence of protozoa, bacteria, sperm, and blood cells; from Wilhelm Roentgen, who developed the X-ray machine in his basement with a single cathode ray and some cardboard, to Jean-Baptiste Denis, who gave the first-known blood transfusion (with sheep’s blood) and was later charged with murder (on manufactured evidence). Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine is populated with the heretics and visionaries who forever changed medical science, and is featured on the History Channel miniseries of the same name.

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Review: Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine into the Modern Age

User Review  - Michael Kerwin - Goodreads

A really interesting read. It's amazing to think how short-lived some of the medical advancements we've come to expect as "everyday" are. Imagine surgery without anaesthetic, a most recent development in the grand scheme of things Read full review

Review: Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine into the Modern Age

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

This one is a 3.5 for me. The subject matter wasn't super interesting to me but the writing was so good that I enjoyed it very much. Plus, I feel so smart when I know science stuff that my husband doesn't. Read full review

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Julie M. Fenster is an author and historian

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