Breakthrough! has ratings and 61 reviews. Jon Queijo is a medical journalist, and has the ability to take complex medical and scientific information and. Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World. by Jon Queijo. Publisher: PH Professional. In Breakthrough! How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World, Jon Queijo tells the hidden.

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This book is at it’s best when it is describing the historical accidents surrounding medical discoveries; I wont’s soon forget many of the anecdotes about early medical cases.

I skipped most of the infamous “alternative medicine” chapter because it was just too intellectually sloppy and infuriating, but even in the remainder, I would have liked more depth and some coverage of, for instance, the philosophical angst people experience over antidepressants or t Lots of interesting information, but shallow — I wasn’t impressed by Queijo’s writing style, which was heavy on italics for emphasisand he didn’t delve much into the many fascinating byways his topics suggested.

Hippocrates and the Discovery of Medicine. Book is a waste of time and money if your facts aren’t accurate. Egyptian civilization predates Greek by two millennias!

How objective is this book, and how often will the author inject his sensibilities into the subject matter?

The development of anesthesia, for instance, is one I’ve heard before, and much better The story of Morton and the mad dash for credit, as told in the lecture series “Doctors: Quiejo gives a good list of references for each chapter, and does not bog the reader down with endless footnotes. I would have given it 5 stars if the 10th chapter wasn’t titled “A return to tradition: Lists with This Book. He even presents recent milestones that have advanced these breakthroughs and sometimes led to stunning social consequences.

Makes one think that humans survive more by luck than anything else! Dec 07, Cassy rated it really liked it Shelves: I would be inclined to agree with him; the typical treatment for back pain can often be “take some NSAIDs or opioids for twenty years. Especially useful for general readers, it also will be applicable in breakrhrough education across a surprising range of disciplines.

There were a few places where I got somewhat lost in the medical jargon, but I feel that I have a better grasp of vaccines, antibiotics, genetics, penicillin and drugs with which to brea,through mental illnesses, to name some of the subjects.


A solid, albeit at some points workmanlike, tour through the top ten breakthroughs in medicine.

Read any medical journal on neurology or osteoarcheology and you’ll realize who the first physicians were! This book basically details what the author has deemed to be the ten greatest breakthroughs in medicine.

Not so much by the doctor choice, but by the adminstraters in making Took me a bit to get through this. Jon Queijo has been writing about science, medicine, and mental health for more than 25 years, in positions that include senior medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry, uon writer for the New England Journal of Medicine consumer publication Weekly Briefings, and staff writer for Bostonia magazine.

He integrates stories of the personal lives of patients and scientists into the text and shows the opposition that many of breaktgrough new remedies faced and in some cases continue to face. Published first published Sign In We’re sorry! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Signed out You have successfully signed out and will be required to sign back in should you need to download more resources.

That said, I’m not sure that homeopathy should have made its way into this book. Thirdly, he points out how often patients seek out alternative therapies for chronic diseases such as arthritis, back pain, and neck pain, and how traditional medicine typically isn’t able to treat these conditions very well. Mar 14, Richard Beaty rated it it was amazing. Someone observed that the cow maidens didn’t get small pox and it was because they got it’s relative, cow pox. I think it should have gone by order of importance, not chronologically.

Each chapter brea,through well researched sueijo amazingly brief considering the material covered in each segment. It was separated into chapters and sub topics very well so you could easily put it down and pick it up later. Sanitation is a relatively recent concept and is still a foreign idea in many parts of the world. It wasn’t long before I was disappointed to read the following passage, in the conclusion of Chapter One Hippocrates and the Discovery of Medicine: Penicillin was one of them and was one that everyone would breakthrogh with.

For these anecdotes, told with a deft but dry hand, I commend the author. I enjoyed the book and the content, it shows how we have come to be where we are in medicine and the steps we This was a well put together book that I felt was very informative but not to the point of it feeling like a text book, which was very nice.

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Bitterness in your heart will cause ulcers in your stomach. Revolutionary medical breakthroughs like these haven’t just changed the way we treat disease: How Mendel’s study into the hereditary characteristics of peas were ignored for 34 years; how the use of anesthetics was delayed for years because of a rushed, failed demonstration and when it finally became used, how it was applied with whatever was handy breakthroigh the room at the time, such as a sock ; the absurdly unlikely series of events that resulted job the discovery and development of penicillin and how a random rotten cantaloupe helped treat injured soldiers during WWII.

Refresh and try again. I was loving this book until the last chapter. Chances are, you owe your life to one of the remarkable medical discoveries in this book. Jan 06, Rita rated it really liked it. This book opened doors I was unaware were closed and answered questions that had been of a nagging nature but knew not what to ask. And that is even with using an osteopath as my regular doctor and having had a mother who found acupuncture helpful with her long-term illness!

Breakthrough! by Jon Queijo (ebook)

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. But to have a chapter breaktrough Alternative medicine that lumps them all together, calling it “a discovery” that saved millions of lives is a little disingenuous. But I would like to point out several major issues I had with this chapter.

Username Password Forgot your username or password? The Discovery of Anesthesia. If You’re an Educator Preview this title online Additional order info. Free Friday e-book This was an amazing book in that the author managed to present and explain these discoveries in language that most people could understand.

Even the chapters that were in the most danger of that, like the one on DNA and Chromosomes, managed to keep me, if not interested, at least on track. What really bothered me about this book was his writing style. This should have been a breeze!

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