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The Resource Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine, Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring ; with illustrations by C.B. Mordan

Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine, Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring ; with illustrations by C.B. Mordan

Label
Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine
Title
Guinea pig scientists
Title remainder
bold self-experimenters in science and medicine
Statement of responsibility
Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring ; with illustrations by C.B. Mordan
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Stories of ten men and women, from the 1770s to the present, who devoted their lives, and sometimes risked them, to answer some of the big questions in science and medicine
Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 Up –Scientifically speaking, a “guinea pig” is a person who volunteers to serve as a subject in a scientific study. An easy and interesting read, this book describes 18th-century Italian scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani and his research on himself to explore digestion by swallowing food encapsulated in wooden tubes or cloth satchels and then analyzing the remains of the samples upon their exit from the intestinal tract. Gross enough to capture readers' attention, and startling enough to hold onto it, Spallanzani's story ends with a description of his discoveries and how many of his observations are still valid. Other topics describe guinea-pig scientists who tested internal body temperature in extreme heat and cold conditions, inhaled various gasses to discover one suitable for anesthetic uses (today's laughing gas), and seven more captivating narratives. Each chapter concludes with a list of facts derived from the work of these scientists, what they proposed and discovered, and what we now know about these topics. Black-and-white sketches and old photographs give these unbelievable stories a sense of realism. The book does not encourage young scientists to use themselves as guinea pigs, but these biographies are provocative with underpinnings of intrigue for discovering what is yet unknown.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH --Jodi Kearns (Reviewed July 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 7, p114)
  • This account of scientists who have used their own bodies and minds as subjects of experimentation forms a satisfyingly gruesome exploration of scientific dedication. George Fordyce explored the limits of the human ability to endure extreme heat and helped to explain why "it's not the heat; it's the humidity"; Daniel Carrión's self-infection with the deadly verruga peruana resulted in his death and the renaming of the disease in his honor; Marie Curie's experimentation with radium killed her but led to radiation therapy. Although these men and women, and several others introduced in this fascinating tome, were often viewed as crackpots, the text makes clear that it was their willingness to suffer that has led to many significant medical advances. The text is often sprightly and delivers just the right factoids to keep up flagging interest. Mordan's clean inked portraits and details supplement archival illustrations; sidebars and chapter-ending "Now We Know" segments extend the information presented in the narrative. An introduction warns readers not to try these experiments on themselves; an author's note informs readers of their methodology and approach to source material. Solid and fascinating. (Nonfiction. 10+) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2005)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
182836
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dendy, Leslie A.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1100L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
8.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Boring, Mel
  • Mordan, C. B
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-experimentation in medicine
  • Scientists
  • Self-experimentation in medicine
  • Scientists
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
bold self-experimenters in science and medicine
Label
Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine, Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring ; with illustrations by C.B. Mordan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-196) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
511417
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780805073164
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004052364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805073164
  • (Sirsi) ADS-1816
Label
Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine, Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring ; with illustrations by C.B. Mordan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-196) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
511417
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780805073164
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004052364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805073164
  • (Sirsi) ADS-1816

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