ISBN: 9781620236925  |   Retail Price: $21.95

Dr. John Gorrie changed the world with his invention, but many people have never heard of him. After taking the Hippocratic Oath, he vowed to do what no other physician of his day had done: cure malaria and yellow fever. Realizing that temperature affected how likely epidemics would occur, Dr. Gorrie set off on his journey that would bring medicine—and the world—into the future. With little money and even less public support, Dr. Gorrie became a well-known face in the South, producing artificial ice in the dead of summer. Once big corporations took over operations, Dr. Gorrie’s new ice machine was making more ice than ever before, and people started to take notice everywhere. Though, Dr. Gorrie’s legacy didn’t end there; he’d start applying his technology in his medical practice, leading to the increased comfort and overall health of countless diseased victims suffering from the fevers, as tropical diseases were then called. Today, Dr. Gorrie’s artificial ice has changed lives and made modern convenience possible. Although he’s still underrated in the media, his life and legacy live on through various medical journals, memorials, statues, and people who are passionate about his contribution to the world. It’s definitely not far fetched to say that Dr. Gorrie really left his mark.

Editorial Reviews

Linda Caldwell has transformed a nearly forgotten slice of American history into an informative told tale. This well documented and historic account of an overlooked man and his discovery is a tribute to Dr. Gorrie. If you are looking for a better understanding of the historic roots of this important invention and its impact on our world today, you must read this book. --Toni C. Collins, Florida Historic Researcher, and Author

Readers will enjoy learning [about] the accomplishments of Floridian Dr. John Gorrie, an outstanding humanitarian that unselfishly served his fellow man. With a platform as an elected official, he became one of Florida s first public health educators. Recognized as the father of refrigeration and air conditioning, his inventions, quite literally, changed our world. --Mrs. Jean Powell, John Gorrie Jr. High School Media Specialist and faculty member, 1954-1992

The University of Florida College of Medicine recognizes Dr. John Gorrie as a true renaissance man. We have established an award in his honor that is presented each year to the graduating senior who shows the greatest potential of becoming a physician of the highest caliber. Through the years, the John Gorrie Award has become the single most prestigious honor bestowed on a senior student. In essence, it is the medical version of the Heisman Trophy. --Patrick Duff, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs, The University of Florida College of Medicine

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