• Ep. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 20 mins
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  • Release date: 02-27-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Original
  • 4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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How a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history. Bill tells the stories behind the invention of the Reynold's Portable X-Ray Kit and the world's first CT brain scanner, with the help of Katie Dabin, who is the Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum. Their stories reveal how scientific inventions sometimes happen by accident or come from people without a classic scientific background.
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  • EvaGM
  • 10-05-18

Light and entertaining.

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.