What does chemotherapy have in common with Viagra? Or penicillin have in common with X-rays? All were discovered by accident, while researchers were actually trying to develop something else. We look at the role such ‘happy accidents’ have in medicine today, and ask whether today’s rigid scientific culture discourages experimenters from looking for the unexpected.

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  • Morton A. Meyers, MD Radiologist; Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine; and author of "Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs" (Arcade)

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