Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

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Arcade Publishing, 2007 - 390 頁
This is Morton Meyers' fascinating, entertaining, and highlyaccessible look at the surprising role serendipity played in some of themost important medical discoveries in the 20th century. Though within thescientific community a certain stigma is attached to chance discoverybecause it is wrongly seen as pure luck, happy accidents happen every dayand Meyers shows how it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity torecognize a "Eureka! I found what I wasn't look for!" moment and know whatto do next. Penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear,and Viagra were all discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in search ofsomething else. In discussing these medical breakthroughs and others, Dr.Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, ratherthan purely linear, approach to science.
 

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Fast -reading very interesting history of scientific discovery that occurs while looking for something else. A dust mote of common mold makes its way to an unwashed petri dish and leads to penicillin ... 閱讀評論全文

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Meyers (radiology & internal medicine, emeritus, Sch. of Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook) entertains lay readers and challenges his professional colleagues in this lively history of serendipity's role in ... 閱讀評論全文

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Serendipity Sciences WellGuarded Secret
1
PART
27
The New Science of Bacteriology
34
The Art of Dyeing
48
Mold Glorious Mold
59
Pay Dirt
82
The Mysterious Protein from Down Under
92
This Ulcer Bugs Me
99
Lessons Learned
181
Its Electric
187
What a Catheter Can Do
195
Dottering
205
A Stitch in Time
208
The Nobel Committee Says Yes to NO
215
Its Not You Honey Its NO
220
Whats Your Number?
225

PART
115
Tragedy at Bari
117
Antagonists to Cancer
127
The Healing Power of Periwinkle
131
The Value of Platinum
135
Sex Hormones
138
The Birth of Blood Vessels
140
Aspirin Kills More than Pain
148
From Tragedy to Hope
151
A Sick Chicken Leads to the Discovery of CancerAccelerating Genes
154
A Contaminated Vaccine Leads to CancerBraking Genes
159
From Where It All Stems
165
The Industrialization of Research and the War on Cancer
169
Thinning the Blood
234
It Began with a Dream
241
IcePick Psychiatry
252
Lithium
260
Thorazine
266
Conquering the Beast of Depression
273
Librium and Valium
281
LSD
287
Taking a Chance on Chance
300
Acknowledgments
321
Selected Bibliography
371
Index
377
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