Ever year, new technologies advance and improve societies. Some of the most influential inventions have occurred in the health and medical field. This book explores important inventors and the inventions that have influenced the medical industry, such as the smallpox vaccine, CT scanners, and DNA cloning.
Gr 6-8-Overall, these collective biographies offer satisfyingly detailed pictures of significant and little-known inventors' lives and gadgetry, as well as the widespread effects of said gadgetry. Each volume profiles over a dozen people (including collaborations). Despite opening historical overviews, plus an entry for Archimedes in Industrial Technology, the focus of this set is on figures from the past few centuries: everyone from Johannes Gutenberg to Skype cofounders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström in Communications Technology, for instance, and in Everyday Technology, from Ben Franklin to Earl Tupper (inventor of Tupperware) and Lonnie Johnson (who created the Super Soaker). Women and minority inventors are well represented in Health and Medical Technology but are thin on the ground elsewhere-particularly in Computer Technology, which contains a sidebar survey of "Women and Computers" but provides a full entry for only Grace Hopper. The profiles are arranged in alphabetical order, and each includes one or two small photos and a time line. VERDICT Strong additions to the 600s. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.