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Guinea Pig Scientists

Guinea Pig Scientists

Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

Leslie Dendy & Mel Boring; illustrated by C. B. Mordan

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It was August 27, 1885. In a hospital in Lima, Peru, a student named Daniel Carrión was preparing to infect himself with a dreaded disease . . . He had a small, sharp lancet ready . . . Carrión's friends and teacher from the medical school thought it was a bad idea. They knew Carrión was eager to learn more about this mysterious disease.
But were the risks worth it?

Science and medicine from the inside out-ten engrossing stories of self-experimentation

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.

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From CHAPTER TWO: Swallowing Bags, Bones, and Tubes

Italy, 1770s

Everyone has to eat. And the food must be digested somehow in the rumbling, squeezing stomach and intestines before the body can use it. What really happens in there?...

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Praise for Guinea Pig Scientists

“* An easy and interesting read. . . . These biographies are provocative with underpinnings of intrigue for discovering what is yet unknown.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“* Ten enthralling case studies of scientists from the past several centuries who became their own test subjects--with occasionally fatal results. . . . Riveting reading.” —Booklist, starred review

“* An easy and interesting read. . . . These biographies are provocative with underpinnings of intrigue for discovering what is yet unknown.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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About the author

Leslie Dendy & Mel Boring; illustrated by C. B. Mordan

Leslie Dendy has been teaching biology and chemistry for nearly thirty years. She is the author of Tracks, Scats, and Signs and lives with her husband in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Mel Boring is the author of a number of nonfiction picture books, as well as a novel. He lives in Rockford, Iowa, with his family.

C. B. Mordan is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including Lost: A Story in String. He lives near Kansas City, Missouri.

Mel Boring

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