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Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to Be the First in Science (Macsci)by Morton Meyers
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In the highly praised Prize Fight, acclaimed author Morton Meyers pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of scientific discovery, from the international scandal over who discovered the AIDS virus to the fiery dispute that raged for 30 years over the development of the MRI, and many other discoveries that profoundly impact our lives. Exploring cases closely guarded by the scientific community, from allegations of stolen authorship to lifelong struggles to gain recognition, Meyers shows us how too often brilliant minds are reduced to bitter conflicts and promising careers are cut short by disputes over authorship or fudged data. He also discusses ways in which the scientific community can better resolve conflicts over the attribution of credit and avoid the paralyzing disputes that too often interrupt the pursuit of scientific progress.Drawing on extensive research and a lifetime in the scientific community, Prize Fight is a dramatic look at how scientific integrity is often imperiled through the lens of some of the most notable discoveries in science.
A fascinating glimpse into the world of competition and human drama that surround some of the greatest discoveries in science
"In Prize Fight, Dr. Morton A. Meyers presents a comprehensive catalog of the inglorious behaviors provoked by this love of others." —The New York Times
We often think of scientists as dispassionate and detached, nobly laboring without any expectation of reward. But scientific research is much more complicated and messy than this ideal, and scientists can be torn by jealousy, impelled by a need for recognition, and subject to human vulnerability and fallibility. In Prize Fight , Emeritus Chair at SUNY School of Medicine Morton Meyers pulls back the curtain to reveal the dark side of scientific discovery. From allegations of stolen authorship to fabricated results and elaborate hoaxes, he shows us how too often brilliant minds are reduced to petty jealousies and promising careers cut short by disputes over authorship or fudged data.
Prize Fight is a dramatic look at some of the most notable discoveries in science in recent years, from the discovery of insulin, which led to decades of infighting and even violence, to why the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine exposed how often scientific objectivity is imperiled.
About the Author
Morton A. Meyers, MD is Distinguished University Professor and emeritus chair of the Department of Radiology in the School of Medicine SUNY, Stony Brook. He is the author of the seminal textbook on abdominal radiology (now in its sixth edition) that has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese editions and has worldwide sales total over 50,000, and is the founding editor in chief of the international journal Abdominal Imaging. He lives in Stonybrook, New York.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Recognition, Reward, and Stolen Credit: A Universal Outrage
Chapter 2: The Art of Science
Chapter 3: Staking the Claim
Chapter 4: The Dark Side of Science
Chapter 5: "Drop Everything!"
Chapter 6: The Star Pupil
Chapter 7: Shock Wave in Academia
Chapter 8: "This Shameful Wrong Must Be Righted!"
Chapter 9: The Race Is On
Chapter 10: The Sound and the Fury
Chapter 11: Obsession
Chapter 12: Picking the Winner
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