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Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible
Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible
by Harriet Tuckey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Have waited for this book for a life time, 9 Jun. 2013
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Griffiths Pugh has been my hero in the exercise sciences since I first read his work on Channel swimmers and marathon runners in the late 1960s. In my opinion he is perhaps the most influential applied exercise scientist of the 20th Century. This book details his greatest achievement - the ascent of Everest - and explains exactly why he was so brilliant. His daughter shows that his genius came at a price. This is one of the very best books describing an iconic scientist that I have read. Thanks Harriet for bearing your heart, however painful it must have been. Your Dad would have loved what you produced. So sad that his genius could only be recognised so long after his death. But perhaps future generations of exercise scientists will now be as in awe of your father as I have been for 50 years.


Helicobacter Pioneers: Firsthand Accounts from the Scientists Who Discovered Helicobacters, 1892-1982
Helicobacter Pioneers: Firsthand Accounts from the Scientists Who Discovered Helicobacters, 1892-1982
by Marshall Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £72.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous review of why medicine and science often fail, 28 July 2009
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A key section of the book is a full page table showing the findings of different scientists whose work could have led them to conclude that bacteria, not excessive acid secretion, cause gastric and duodenal ulcers. Smack in the middle is a 1954 paper from the Professor of Gastroenterology at a leading medical institution declaring that bacteria do not cause gastric ulcers. The Medical "God" had spoken and the problem was solved. As a result research for a bacterial cause of upper intestinal ulceration was discredited. Fortunately two Australians who did not know any better, produced the evidence to disprove the "God".

Dr Barry Marshall, the physician member of the pathologist/physician duo who solved the riddle and so won the 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine, continues to reveal his iconoclastic nature in this book. For as Editor of this book, he invited that special group of scientists whose work could also have led to their discovery of the bacterial cause of ulceration, to describe what they did and what they concluded. None seems at all bitter that they failed to discover the Holy Grail and each story is fascinating.

I was left to ask the question: Why did medical scientists from my Medical School not discover the bacterial cause of upper intestinal ulceration (since the same evidence available to Drs Warren and Marshall could have been available to them)? It is a universal question.

The answer has something to do with Medical "Gods" and the role of science, or its absence, in clinical medicine.


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