Medicine's 10 Greatest DiscoveriesBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7206.389 (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:389
- Christopher Lawrence, reader in the history of medicine
- Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London
Meyer Friedman, Gerald W Friedland
Yale University Press, £19.95, pp 320
ISBN 0 300 07598 7
Meyer Friedman is described on the jacket of this book (and presumably describes himself) as “the discoverer of Type A behavior and its relation to heart disease.” This description seems to sum up the philosophy underlying the volume: that is, individuals make discoveries on a once and for all basis. But, that there is a type A behaviour is not universally agreed, a fact suggesting that, besides individual creativity, discoveries are things made over time, needing the assent of a relevant …
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