Happy Accidents by Morton A. Meyers
Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



This is Morton Meyers' fascinating, entertaining, and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the 20th century. Though within the scientific community a certain stigma is attached to chance discovery because it is wrongly seen as pure luck, happy accidents happen every day and Meyers shows how it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity to recognize a "Eureka! I found what I wasn't look for!" moment and know what to do next. Penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear, and Viagra were all discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in search of something else. In discussing these medical breakthroughs and others, Dr. Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science.

About Morton A. Meyers

See more books from this Author
Morton Meyers, MD, is emeritus professor and chairman of radiology and emeritus professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He lives in East Setauket, New York.
Published March 9, 2007 by Arcade Publishing. 408 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Happy Accidents

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Meyers, professor emeritus of radiology and internal medicine at SUNY–Stony Brook, has a simple message: the most significant breakthroughs in medical research usually came about when people

Jan 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Happy Accidents: Serendipity ...

Reader Rating for Happy Accidents

An aggregated and normalized score based on 13 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review