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Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine: The Pioneers Who Risked Their Lives to Bring Medicine into the Modern Age
Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine brings to life stories of the pioneering geniuses, eccentrics, and freethinkers who moved beyond the conventions of their day at great personal risk—and 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 humans' hea ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2003 by Basic Books
(first published July 24th 2003)
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I found this book fascinating...I found I could read a chapter here or there when I was stuck in a waiting room or other spot with nothing to do. I will say that I bet the History Channel documentary was probably better than the narrative, only b/c so much of the stories would have made more sense to me (a non-medical-type) with visual aids.
The history of medicine is amazing. We owe so much of our comfortable and healthy lives to the men who are chronicled in this book. It was so interesting to read about the struggles and set-backs these great men and women faced before going on to change the course of medical history and treatment.
Sep 03, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it · review of another edition
A book based on a History Channel documentary series about pioneers of medicine. An interesting read, makes me want to see the series, but is a bit dry for my tastes. Not a bad book, though.