Vladimir Hachinski, MD, DSc
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Hachinski V. Medicine's 10 Greatest Discoveries. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:316. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-4-199908170-00029
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(4):316.
Friedman M, Friedland G. 235 pages. New Haven, CT: Yale Univ Pr; 1998. $30.00. ISBN 0300075987. Order phone 203-432-0960.
Field of medicine: History of medicine and medical discovery.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: As the Preface states, “Any reasonably intelligent and moderately educated adult who is even slightly interested in medicine.”
Purpose: To excite, to teach, and to provide enjoyment.
Content: The book covers the 10 greatest medical discoveries of western medicine and the lives of the scientists principally responsible for them. The authors first culled the 100 most significant discoveries from more than 5000 that have been made in western medicine. They narrowed this list, with increasing difficulty, to 25 and, finally, to 10 discoveries. They presented the list to 3 antiquarian book dealers with expertise in the field of medical discovery, 4 collectors of rare and important medical publications, and at least 30 physicians at Stanford University and the University of California Medical School. The resulting list consists of Andreas Vesalius and modern human anatomy, William Harvey and the circulation of the blood, Anton van Leeuwenhoek and bacteria, Edward Jenner and vaccination, Crawford Long and surgical anesthesia, Wilhelm Roentgen and the x-ray beam, Ross Harrison and tissue culture, Nikolai Anichkov and cholesterol, Alexander Fleming and antibiotics, and Maurice Wilkins and DNA.
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