Author: Dr. Moira Dolan, M.D.
Title: Boneheads & Brainiacs
Date: March 14, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Even the greatest minds in medicine have been terribly, terribly wrong.
The inventor of the lobotomy won a Nobel prize in medicine for destroying his patients' brains. Another Nobel laureate thought malaria cured syphilis. The discoverer of anaphylactic shock also researched the spirit world and ESP. A pioneer of organ transplants was an ardent eugenicist, while the founder of sports physiology heroically spoke out against Nazism.
Boneheads and Brainiacs profiles the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine from 1901 to 1950--a surprisingly diverse group of racists, cranks, and opportunists, as well as heroes, geniuses, and selfless benefactors of humanity. Forget all the ivory tower stereotypes of white-coated doctors finding miracle cures. Boneheads and Brainiacs reveals the messy human reality behind medical progress, in a highly entertaining book written for the ordinary reader.
Some were bad scientists; others were great scientists and lousy human beings. But the majority of these researchers produced knowledge that now saves millions of lives--priceless discoveries like the role of vitamins in nutrition, the dangers of radiation, treatments for diabetes and deadly infectious diseases, and more. Boneheads and Brainiacs showcases the enthralling, all-too-human personal lives that made modern medicine possible.
About the Author:
Moira Dolan, MD, is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and has been a practicing physician for over thirty years. Dr. Dolan is a patient advocate and public speaker who educates patients on their rights and the need for a healthy skepticism of the medical profession. She is a contributor to the blog SmartMEDinfo and the author of three previous books: No-Nonsense Guide to Antibiotics, Dangers, Benefits & Proper Use; No-Nonsense Guide to Cholesterol Medications, Informed Consent and Statin Drugs; and No-Nonsense Guide to Psychiatric Drugs, Including Mental Effects of Common Non-Psych Medications. Dr. Dolan maintains a private medical practice in Austin, Texas. For more information on Boneheads and Brainiacs