Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine : true tales about risking everything in the name of science (#0844NP6)

by Dendy, Leslie A; illustrated by Mordan, C. B.

11 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Paperback Square Fish/Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Price: USD 12.23
Description: viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dewey: 616; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 8.0
AR 8.2 MG 7 101236EN; RC 8.6 10; LEX 1100L; F&P Y


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Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-201) and index. Recounts the true stories of ten scientists and medical researchers that have endured extreme hardship and discomfort in order to test new discoveries and inventions in the fields of medicine and science.

From the Publisher
Who are these "guinea pig scientists"? Searching for clues to some of science's and medicine's bigger (and sometimes stranger) questions, they are all the men and women who devoted their lives to help find the answers. Spanning from the 1770s to the present-and uncovering the science behind digestion, the spread of yellow fever, the development of the first heart catheter, and more-their ten stories are at once scientifically detailed and fascinatingly personal.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Square Fish/Henry Holt and Company
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First Square Fish edition: 2014.
  • Dewey: 616
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Tracings: Boring, Mel, 1939- author. ; Mordan, C. B., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-25005-065-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-25005-065-6
  • Follett Number: 0844NP6
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 8.0
  • ATOS Book Level: 8.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 7
  • AR Quiz: 101236EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 8.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 10
  • Lexile: 1100L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links starred, 09/01/05
  • Booklist starred, 07/01/05
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 07/01/05
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/05
  • Kirkus Reviews, 05/15/05
  • Library Media Connection, 02/01/06
  • School Library Journal starred, 07/01/05
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 06/01/05
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) starred, 06/01/05
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 01/09/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (July 2005 (Vol. 101, No. 21))
Gr. 5-8. From hundreds of examples gathered during a decade of research, the authors offer 10 enthralling case studies of scientists from the past several centuries who became their own test subjects--with occasionally fatal results. The accounts are lively, compelling, and not always for the squeamish: Peruvian medical student Daniel Carrion and American Dr. Jesse Lazear inoculated themselves with deadly tropical diseases; Werner Forssman inserted a catheter into his arm and then pushed it up to his heart; John Paul Stapp rode a rocket car that went from more than 600 mph to a standstill in 1.4 seconds to test jet pilot safety gear; Lazzaro Spallanzani, who studied digestion, swallowed numerous things that you probably wouldn't. Aside from the Curies, most of the subjects will be new, even to a well-read audience, and though some of their achievements may seem quirky (to say the least), the authors cogently discuss each experiment's significance in advancing our understanding of science and medicine. Illustrated with a mix of period black-and-white photos and Mordan's nineteenth-century-style portraits, and with commentary on changing attitudes toward experimenting on animals threaded throughout, the episodes make riveting reading as well as vintage booktalk material. Resource lists, a time line, and endnotes are appended.

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