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Medical Technology: Inventing the Instruments
Robert Mulcahy ©1997

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  • 144 pages
  • More than 75 black-and-white photos and illustrations
  • Reinforced library binding
  • 7" x 9"
  • Timeline of medical discoveries
  • Periodic table of the elements
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Grades 5 and up
  • ISBN: 978-1-881508-34-2
  • $21.95







“Information on the seven featured inventors and innovators . . . is, admittedly, not difficult to come by, but Mulcahy has packaged the data into a concisely organized, remarkably readable presentation. . . . Although the operation of each instrument is adequately explained, human drama dominates physics here, and readers should be delighted with accounts of René Laënnec’s inordinate modesty (which led directly to his invention of the stethoscope) and the vicious battles over patent rights to William Morton’s anaesthetic inhaler. . . . [A]n extensive glossary, a medical time line, and an index enhance this offering’s usefulness to report writers.”
The Bulletin

Also profiles Santorio Santorio (thermometer), Antony van Leeuwenhoek (microscope), Wilhelm Roentgen (X ray), Marie Curie (radiation therapy), and Willem Einthoven (electrocardiograph).