A Very Decided Preference: Life With Peter Medawar

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The widow of the Nobel Prize-winning British scientist describes their life together, her husband's career, and his struggle to conquer the results of a series of strokes

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In addition to being a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose work helped pave the way for modern skin and transplant surgery, Sir Peter Medawar, says his widow in this loving memoir, was also a philosopher, writer, teacher, administrator, opera lover, and admirable human being. After suffering a stroke in 1969, Medawar slowed down, but continued his life work. The chapters that cover the years up to Medawar's stroke--his student years, his rise to professorship, the hardships of the war years in England, and his early research with rodents--are the more interesting, however, and you have to admire someone who modestly "acknowledged that any fame he had achieved had been made possible by climbing onto the shoulders of mice." Recommended for popular science collections.
- Natalie Kupferberg, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Survival was the "very decided preference" of British Nobel Prize-winning immunologist, writer and teacher Medawar who, in 1969, at 54, was crippled by the first of several cerebral hemorrhages. The respect for him expressed in this beautifully written account by his wife precludes mere pity, nor does she seek to idealize this already exceptional man. Along with recalling her husband's dogged efforts to recover lost mobility, vision and speech, and to resume an active life after each successive stroke, the author relates the couple's world travels, and celebrates with often humorous anecdotes their rich professional, family and social life in an inspiring chronicle. Peter Medawar died in 1987. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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