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Guinea Pig Scientists by Mel Boring
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Oct 18, 2009

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bookshelves: ya-lit, excellent-jr-high-school-level-read, nonfiction, science, eng-420
Read in September, 2009

The title can be deceiving, but this is a collection of accounts about actual scientists who experimented on themselves for the sake of medicine and science. The neat thing is that these were a lot of major discoveries, and I was so surprised as I read that I had never heard of any of these events before that had initiated so much of what we know today. It contains accounts of everything from men locking themselves in a boiling hot room to test how long they could stay and bear the heat, to a man who intentionally infested himself with a plague so as to learn about the initial symptoms of the disease. A neat thing was that it contained some actual pictures and contains helpful sources such as timelines, indexes, and "Now we Know" sections.

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