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The inventor of the lobotomy won a Nobel prize in medicine for destroying his patients' brains. Another Nobel laureate thought malaria cured syphilis. The discoverer of anaphylactic shock also researched the spirit world and ESP. A pioneer of organ transplants was an ardent eugenicist, while the founder of sports physiology heroically spoke out against Nazism.
Boneheads and Brainiacs profiles the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine from 1901 to 1950--a surprisingly diverse group of racists, cranks, and opportunists, as well as heroes, geniuses, and selfless benefactors of humanity. Forget all the ivory tower stereotypes of white-coated doctors finding miracle cures. Boneheads and Brainiacs reveals the messy human reality behind medical progress, in a highly entertaining book written for the ordinary reader.
Some were bad scientists; others were great scientists and lousy human beings. But the majority of these researchers produced knowledge that now saves millions of lives--priceless discoveries like the role of vitamins in nutrition, the dangers of radiation, treatments for diabetes and deadly infectious diseases, and more. Boneheads and Brainiacs showcases the enthralling, all-too-human personal lives that made modern medicine possible. (Quill Driver Books)
Dr. Moira Dolan has been licensed as a medical doctor since 1985, and certified as an Internal Medicine specialist since 1988. She has also served as a consultant on fraud and disability cases for the State of Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Medicare and other organizations.Dr. Dolan educates people on how to preserve their rights and inform themselves fully of the risks and benefits of medications or medical treatment. And she does it all in plain, simple language. In her written works, you’ll learn why you should question medical authorities to get the information you need to make informed decisions.