From bestselling author Sam Kean, comes this fascinating and thrilling tour of the darker side of science
--from the past to the present, and even into the future.
In our society, scientists are the good guys--usually. Every so often one of them goes rogue and ends up on the wrong side of the law. The Icepick Surgeon
exposes the crimes that researchers have committed throughout history and examines what pushes these otherwise rational men and women to cross the line in the name of science--like real-life versions of Breaking Bad.
Many of these incidents have been overlooked in the annals of history, despite their sensational nature. Others were splashed across the headlines of every tabloid newspaper in their day but have long since receded into the mists of time. The Icepick Surgeon
provides a unique opportunity to resurrect these stories and take a peek at what drove people to break the ultimate taboos in ages past.
The stories range from the dawn of science in the 1600s to the high-tech felonies and misdemeanors of tomorrow, spanning all corners of the globe for the perfect fusion of the thrills of true crime with the most exciting discoveries science has to offer. The Icepick Surgeon
combines both the highest aspirations of humankind with our most dastardly deeds to make for a sensational read.