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Pioneers in Medicine: From the Classical World to Today

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Battling disease, championing new techniques, recommending necessary medications, and offering comfort and guidance to those in need are just some of the many responsibilities with which healers over time have been charged. Even as the field of medical science rapidly evolves, doctors, researchers, and other medical professionals serve as significant reminders of the human element that has sustained the craft of healing for millennia. Readers discover surveys of the lives of many of those who are persevered in their pioneering quest for new and improved ways to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.

Series: Inventors and Innovators

Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Reading Level: Grade 8

ISBN: 9781615306695 (Print)  9781615307418 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2013

Pages: 160

“In this concise compendium, readers are introduced to forty–two notable men and women—philosophers, scientists, physicians, teachers, nurses, and inventors who advanced medicine and health care. ... In interesting biographical sketches of these pioneers, the author takes readers on a journey through their early years, educational experiences, trials and tribulations as they pursued their lifelong ambitions. ... Succinct descriptions of achievements in the fields of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, psychology, genetics and microbiology are delineated. Terminal illness, neurological disorders, pandemics and birth control were also included. ...This is an excellent resource to emphasize the importance of practicing good health habits. This book has striking portraits of pioneers at work and treating patients.” —Jean Worsley, NSTA Recommends, January 2013

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