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Guinea pig scientists : bold self-experimenters in science and medicine (2005)

by Leslie Dendy

Other authors: Mel Boring (Author)

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"Guinea Pig Scientists," features notable physicians, scientists, and citizens who bravely experimented on themselves or put themselves in grave danger in the name of science. For example, one of the stories feature Marie and Pierre Curie and their famous work with radioactivity. The stories are well supported by extensive appendices of bibliographical and quotation resources, and each author has the appropriate background to contribute to the work - Dr. Dendy teaches biology and chemistry in University of New Mexico, Los Alamos, and Mr. Boring has taught in the K-12 setting, editor of a children's website, and author of several nonfiction picture books. The content provides rich, vivid details about the risks and rewards the self-experimenters experienced, yet there were several technical details that could have benefitted from demonstrative or explanatory visuals such as how the human body regulates temperature and how George Fordyce and Charles Blagden experimented the response of their own bodies to temperatures up to 260 degrees in dry air. The facts offered are quite interesting to someone with previous knowledge of physics and chemistry, but the style can be found too wordy especially for elementary school readers. The authentic old photos of the Curies were useful in demonstrating the deleterious effects of working with radioactive material, yet the illustrations were more decorative rather than explanatory. This book is recommended for students as early as 10 years old, but would seem to be more appropriate for 11-12 years old. ( )
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Boring, MelAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mordan, C. B.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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guinea pig \ 'gi-nē'pig n [prob. so called from the fact that Guinea represented the name of a distant country (1664)]

1. One of eight species of small mammals, also known as cavies.  They live in South America, where they have been raised for meat for hundred of years.   One domesticated species of guinea pigs has been shipped all over the world to be used in medical research experiments.  Cavies are also kept as pets.

2. A person who is experimented on in a scientific study.
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To Joe, Miranda, and Julian

with love, for a decade

of patience and encouragement

--Leslie Dendy
To my son Josh,

with the courage of the test pilot he is,

for giving me courage in my writing

--Mel Boring
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You are flying an Air Force fighter jet at five hundred miles an hour, far above the clouds, when you're hit by enemy gunfire.   (Introduction)
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The Curies were well aware of the way radium had burned their hands as they worked with it through the years, and how the skin, though scarred, always grew back. Now they asked: If you burned diseased tissue, such as a tumor, with radium radiation, would it destroy the disease?
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Leslie Dendy first got the idea for this book in 1987, and she and Mel Boring have since spent more than ten years researching it.  Amazingly, though, they have yet to meet in person.   They promised themselves a "real, face-to-face meeting" upon completion of the book. [from the jacket]
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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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Stories of ten men and women, from the 1770s to the present, who devoted their lives, and sometimes risked them, to answer some of the big questions in science and medicine.

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