Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Major Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century

By Morton A. Meyers

A fascinating and hugely obtainable examine the fantastic function serendipity has performed in probably the most vital clinical discoveries within the 20th century.

Happy Accidents is an interesting, unique, and hugely obtainable examine the brilliant position serendipity has performed in probably the most vital clinical discoveries within the 20th century. What do penicillin, chemotherapy medications, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear, and Viagra have in universal? They have been every one chanced on unintentionally, stumbled upon within the look for anything else. within the Nineteen Nineties, Pfizer had excessive hopes for a brand new drug that might advance blood move to the guts. As they performed trials on angina victims, researchers famous a startling influence: whereas the drug didn't impact blood stream to the guts, it did impact blood circulate in different places! Now over six million American males have taken Viagra of their lifetime.

Winston Churchill as soon as stated, “Men sometimes stumble around the fact, yet so much of them decide themselves up and hurry off as though not anything has happened.” in the clinical neighborhood, a definite stigma is hooked up to likelihood discovery since it is badly visible as natural success. satisfied injuries definitely take place each day, however it takes intelligence, perception, and creativity to acknowledge a “Eureka, i discovered what I wasn't taking a look for!” second and recognize what to do subsequent. In discussing scientific breakthroughs, Dr. Morton Meyers makes a cogent, hugely attractive argument for a extra inventive, instead of simply linear, method of technology. And it will possibly simply shop our lives!
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The aorta, the big vessel coursing from the guts throughout the stomach to provide blood to the belly organs, had widened and ballooned as a result of atherosclerotic adjustments. the chance from such an aneurysm used to be rupture of its weakened wall, with the opportunity of life-threatening bleeding into belly tissues. To surgically eliminate the diseased phase used to be itself a powerful project, however the challenge remained of the way to shut the space to revive stream. traditionally, the surgical fix of enormous arterial defects had represented a complex problem.

19 “We occurred to move for penicillin,” he later stated, “because we had a tradition growing to be on the university. ” Chain authorised the problem deserted via Fleming. the assumption was once to crystallize penicillin by means of cooling it so one can receive it in good shape. Neither he nor Florey reflected attainable clinical makes use of. “So,” in 1938, “we began our paintings at the isolation and purification, now not within the wish of discovering a few new antibacterial chemotherapeutic drug, yet to isolate an enzyme which we was hoping may [inactivate a chemical] universal at the floor of many pathogenic micro organism.

This tribute should have provided a few balm to the wound incurred whilst Sakel's program for club within the psychoanalytically ruled American Psychiatric organization was once first and foremost refused. A document via an American adherent of Sakel detailing early medical adventure with insulin-coma remedy at Bellevue clinic was once released in a neurology magazine after being rejected via psychiatry journals. medical professionals precipitated a country of unconsciousness of their sufferers by way of administering overdoses of insulin.

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Instead of concluding that the drug had made them “worse,” Kuhn took the view that the drug had eased the depressed part in those sufferers, leading to what may be thought of a “normal” response to hallucinations. He accordingly made up our minds to reevaluate the drug via making an attempt it in sufferers who have been essentially depressed and never unavoidably schizophrenic. the implications have been dramatic and breathtaking. Deeply depressed sufferers have been resurrected to task, socialization, contentment, and accessibility. The sufferers themselves mentioned a “miracle treatment.

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