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Book and Media Reviews
December 5, 2012

Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to Be the First in Science

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Bioengineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio (

JAMA. 2012;308(21):2282-2283. doi:10.1001/jama.308.21.2282-b

The past century has witnessed many important scientific and medical discoveries, including the discovery and use of insulin as a treatment for type 1 diabetes, the development of the polio vaccine, and the identification of the HIV retrovirus that causes AIDS. Aside from the importance of these discoveries to the practice of medicine and to the benefit of humanity, these and many other discoveries also share a common trait: the controversies regarding which scientists ultimately deserved credit. In his new book, radiologist Morton Meyers provides a riveting, thorough, and entertaining account about the attribution of credit for important scientific discoveries.

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