Tony Seed, Gilbert Thompson, Jackie Downs and John MacDermot at the book's launch in LondonThis book brings together in one volume fifteen Nobel Prize-winning discoveries that have had the greatest impact upon medical science and the practice of medicine during the 20th century and up to the present time. Its overall aim is to enlighten, entertain and stimulate. This is especially so for those who are involved in or contemplating a career in medical research.Anyone interested in the particulars of a specific award or Laureate can obtain detailed information on the topic by accessing the Nobel Foundation's website. In contrast, this book aims to provide a less formal and more personal view of the science and scientists involved, by having prominent academics write a chapter each about a Nobel Prize-winning discovery in their own areas of interest and expertise.
Discovery of Insulin; Discovery of Vitamin B12; Discovery of Penicillin; Introduction of Cardiac Catheterization; Discovery of the Structure of DNA; The Interpretation of the Genetic Code; Discovery of Neuropeptides and Radioimmunoassay of Peptide Hormones; Development of Computer Assisted Tomography; Discovery of Prostaglandins; Monoclonal Antibody Production; Discovery of the LDL Receptor; Invention of the Polymerase Chain Reaction; Discovery of the Role of Nitric Oxide in Blood Vessels; Discovery of Role of Helicobacter pylori in Peptic Ulceration; Discovery of the Gene-silencing Effect of Double-stranded RNA.