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Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1559708456

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ISBN10: 155970845X
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Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Published: 2007
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Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1559708456

Morton A. Meyers

ISBN13: 978-1559708456
ISBN10: 155970845X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

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 withwinners of the Nobel Prize and other prestigious awards, Morton A. Meyersuncovers the surprising role of serendipity in four major fields of medicaladvances+ 'infectious disease, cancer, heart disease, and mental disorders.He exposes the factors that stifle innovation and proposes specific stepsto foster a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science.It may just save our lives!

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