FROM DREAM TO DISCOVERY: On Being a Scientist by Hans Selye


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orthright testament to a remarkable scientific life. The few really great scientists are usually great humanitarians. Such a scientist is Hans Selye, who related the causes and effects of stress upon the human body. These, his ""Notes"" as he calls them, collected through some 30 years of unique research, show him fundamentally, to be scientist's scientist--though clearly not for every scientist. They reveal a charitable, well-organized and intuitive man distrustful of ""mechanized"" research and devoted observation and systematic experiment. He gives here a rather informal, personal commentary on scientific methodology and on almost every problem of the scientific life. He discusses the goals of research; the qualifications and kinds of temperaments best suited for the different types of scientific jobs; and touches on such practical subjects, often with humor, as how to deal with the typist working on one's notes, how to andle psychotic technicians, or indifferent Foundation teams. Pure in tone, it is an intimate memoir that ends with an appeal to the intelligent young person to take up the study of medicine. There are many lessons here to prove that devotion to pure science does not necessitate abdication of human and familial responsibilities. A fine book. line drawings.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1964
Publisher: McGraw-Hill