First Patients

The incredible true stories of pioneer patients

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Pub Date 8 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 3 Mar 2022
Rod Tanchanco, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Often marked by the desperate need to save human lives, important developments in medicine have invariably started with patients—people whose ordeals fostered the advancement of medical knowledge. This book is a collection of such stories, each chapter an enthralling view into the history of medicine, revealing the extent of human inventiveness, resilience, and compassion.

· What compelled U.S. Army doctors to infect themselves with yellow fever virus in Cuba?
· How did an English farmer become the first smallpox vaccinator?
· What led to the first human-to-human blood transfusion in the eighteenth century?
· Who was the first boy to be revived by a defibrillator, and how did that lead to the launch of CPR?
· Could a woman force cautious doctors to implant a new, untested pacemaker in time to save her husband’s life?
· How did a fifteen-year-old boy become a victim of AIDS in 1968, decades before the virus even had a name?

Most readers will recognize these renowned health solutions. What makes this book so compelling is how the cases that prompted such groundbreaking innovations have considerably affected longevity and quality of human life for generations.

Often marked by the desperate need to save human lives, important developments in medicine have invariably started with patients—people whose ordeals fostered the advancement of medical knowledge...


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Available editions:


e-book - 979-8-9853937-0-5, $12.99


hardback - 979-8-9853937-2-9, $19.99


Paperback - $ 14.99

Available editions:


e-book - 979-8-9853937-0-5, $12.99


hardback - 979-8-9853937-2-9, $19.99


Paperback - $ 14.99


Advance Praise

“Like the very best narrative nonfiction writers, Tanchanco is gifted with a prose style that provides clarity of information with the flow of a novelist ... these historic cases read with the pace and excitement of a top notch medical thriller.”
IndieReader

“Like the very best narrative nonfiction writers, Tanchanco is gifted with a prose style that provides clarity of information with the flow of a novelist ... these historic cases read with the pace...


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Highly recommend. Dr. Rod Tachanco has accomplished a rare feat; he has written a history of scientific and medical discovery that privileges the human dimension of discovery, that is, the personal stories, the emotions, the motivations, and aspirations that led men and women to seek out new treatments for diseases or to, serve as human guinea pigs for experimental drugs and procedures. As a result, the doctors, the patients, and their families come to life on these pages—the farmer who vaccinated his family members against small pox by infecting them with cow pox years before scientist realized that those who contracted and survived cow pox were immune to smallpox; the wife who badgered a surgeon to advance a new technology (the pacemaker) to save her husband’s life, the doctors who attempted (and eventually succeeded) infecting themselves with yellow fever to discover the carrier of the disease, the young mother who became the first patient treated with penicillin, and many more.

Each chapter relates the story of the doctors and the patients behind various major medical milestones, such as the development of a smallpox vaccine, the discovery and application of blood transfusion as a medical treatment, advances in malaria treatment, the discovery, manufacture, and use of penicillin in the treatment of infection, the advent of the defibrillator, and the AIDs epidemic, Although arranged chronologically according to when the medical milestone took place, the chapters can be read either in order of presentation or as discrete units.

While many may dismiss this history, thinking that they already know the stories of these discoveries, this would be a huge mistake. Since by probing "the ordeal of real people caught in unique medical dilemmas," the author has breathed life into the cold, objective accounts found in textbooks.

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