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Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:805
  1. Marta Buszewicz, senior lecturer in community based teaching and research (
  1. Royal Free and University College Medical School, London

    Each chapter of this book is a short biography of an eminent person in the history of medicine—from Hippocrates to Watson and Crick and to the race to reveal the secrets of the human genome. Adler writes enthusiastically and engagingly about his subjects, relaying not only the important factual elements of their discoveries in a way that is easy to absorb but also details of their family backgrounds and the scientific and social …

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