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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 Laënnecs inordinate modesty (which led
directly to his invention of the stethoscope) and the vicious battles
over patent rights to William Mortons anaesthetic inhaler.
. . . [A]n extensive glossary, a medical time line, and an index enhance
this offerings usefulness to report writers.
Also profiles Santorio Santorio (thermometer), Antony van Leeuwenhoek (microscope), Wilhelm Roentgen (X ray), Marie Curie (radiation therapy), and Willem Einthoven (electrocardiograph).