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The Eighth Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson is quite good, in the genre you're looking for. Also, Science as a way of Knowing may fit the bill.


Although it's not stricly about biology, A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson, especially chapter 5, is a good start to look for historical experiments.


But why does this mantra persist; where does it come from? Behind this line of inquiry is a fascinating observation about the disconnect between the laboratory and the clinic. The basic answer, from my perspective, goes like this: It is doctors who talk with people about their urine, and any testing thereof; for doctors, urine is practically1 ...

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