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Happy Accidents Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

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ISBN-10: 155970845X

ISBN-13: 9781559708456

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Morton A. Meyers

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What do penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays,antidepressants, and Viagra have in common? They were each discoveredaccidentally, found in the search for something else. Winston Churchillonce said, +'Men occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of thempick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened.+" Within thescientific community, there is a stigma attached to the chance discoverybecause it is seen, wrongly, as a simple matter of luck. Happy accidentstake place every day, but it requires intelligence, insight, and creativityto recognize a +'Eureka!+" moment when it occurs, and to know what to donext. Drawing on his personal experience, research, and interviews…    
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List price: $17.99
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 12/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 390
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Introduction: Serendipity, Science's Well-Guarded Secret
The Dawn of a New Era: Infectious Diseases and Antibiotics, the Miracle Drugs
How Antony's Little Animals Led to the Development of Germ Theory
The New Science of Bacteriology
Good Chemistry
The Art of Dyeing
Mold, Glorious Mold
Pay Dirt
The Mysterious Protein from Down Under
"This Ulcer 'Bugs' Me!"
The Smell of Garlic Launches the War on Cancer
Tragedy at Bari
Antagonists to Cancer
Veni, Vidi, Vinca: The Healing Power of Periwinkle
A Heavy Metal Rocks: The Value of Platinum
Sex Hormones
Angiogenesis: The Birth of Blood Vessels
Aspirin Kills More than Pain
Thalidomide: From Tragedy to Hope
A Sick Chicken Leads to the Discovery of Cancer-Accelerating Genes
A Contaminated Vaccine Leads to Cancer-Braking Genes
From Where It All Stems
The Industrialization of Research and the War on Cancer
Lessons Learned
A Quivering Quartz String Penetrates the Mystery of the Heart
An Unexpected Phenomenon: It's Electric!
What a Catheter Can Do
A Stitch in Time
The Nobel Committee Says Yes to NO
"It's Not You, Honey, It's NO"
What's Your Number?
Thinning the Blood
The Flaw Lies in the Chemistry, Not the Character: Mood-Stabilizing Drugs, Antidepressants, and Other Psychotropics
It Began with a Dream
Mental Straitjackets: Shocking Approaches
Ice-Pick Psychiatry
Your Town, My Town, Miltown!
Conquering the "Beast" of Depression
Librium and Valium
"That's Funny, I Have the Same Bug!"
Conclusion: Taking a Chance on Chance: Cultivating Serendipity
Selected Bibliography
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