The search for relief from pain and sickness is a story of discovery. Some discoveries were quite sudden, such as Alexander Fleming's observation of bacteria dying in the presence of a certain mold, which led to the discovery of penicillin. Other discoveries were incremental. Gregor Mendel observed the patterns of inheritance, which led--years later--to the discovery of genes and the structure of DNA--knowledge that can now be used to predict and prevent human genetic disorders. This compelling volume reviews the far-reaching impact of history's most important medical discoveries.
"There's a lot of material packed in here, but the brief annotation and summary of each article will help students decide where they want to start their research or reading. An appendix of primary source documents brings in the voices of the time."
-- Booklist (Febraury 2000)
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