HEROES OF MEDICINE

THEY SHARE ENDLESS CURIOSITY, A HUGE CAPACITY FOR WORK AND A WILLINGNESS TO DEFY CONVENTION. THEY ARE THE

Thomas Carlyle, more than 1 1/2 centuries ago, wrote that "history is the essence of innumerable biographies." Indeed, the literature of medicine introduces us to a cavalcade of colorful and intriguing characters, an assortment of personalities that prompted historian Fielding Garrison to remark that "all human life is there." And yet, as distinctive as each of its many outstanding innovators has been, through the many ages and places in which their discoveries were made, there is a sturdy thread of tangible traits that unites them all. Even during the past four decades, which have witnessed medical innovation on an unprecedented scale,...

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