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Fascinating history of a man who influences our lives every day. Linda Caldwell did an amazing job of documenting the world John Gorrie lived in, which was why he felt the need to invent the basics of what we use today in modern refrigeration. Well researched and full of details about conditions and illnesses Dr. Gorrie faced in his medical practice, this is the story of a man more concerned with his fellow man than with the wealth that was basically stolen from him. An eye opening read. Well done.
As an educator, I purchased this book to share with colleagues and students. This book is perfect for cross-curricula teaching us n STEM, literature, and history. “He Made Ice and Changed the World” is a must for a classroom and school library!
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
A well written book for casual adult reading or for educating young people about an important contributor to improving living conditions for literally every person in warm climates. Illustrates how a person's life can affect many different aspects of life in several disciplines - medicine, public service, public health, economic development, and engineering. His focus was on making life better, not making a profit; a selfless hero. A great example of diversity in thinking. The book also touches on other aspects of early Florida life. (Jerry and Julie Green)
Really enjoyed reading this book. As much an insight to Florida history in the 1800's, as it was about Dr. Gorrie. The many roles he took on, while laying the groundwork for the most important item that would follow decades later, the air conditioner. I attended the junior high for which he is named after from 76-77. Also, we live in Tallahassee, FL, which isn't too terribly far from where he lived and work, and yes, it does get wicked hot here. So, all in all, the author was on key with everything about him and Panhandle FL. 5 stars and keep cool.
Even though I am a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Fl and a physician, I had no idea about the historical significance of Dr John Gorrie’s contributions not far from my hometown. Dr Gorrie was a physician, scientist, inventor and humanitarian. In 1844, Dr. Gorrie officially invented the first air conditioner and his original design for the first ice machine that can still be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Although he specifically invented the ice machine to offer cooler air as treatment for his patients with Yellow fever, his invention failed to be recognized as useful. He died without any recognition for his inventions and died penniless. Linda Caldwell has cleverly entwined her personal experience as a teacher at John Gorrie Jr. High School in the 1980’s when there was no air conditioning in most classrooms. Most of us who grew up in Florida during that era remember growing without air conditioning in homes and many older public facilities. The irony here was that the building named in honor of the inventor of air conditioning was one of the last public schools to have it installed. These anecdotes at Linda’s classroom serve as a perfect lead into the biography of Dr Gorrie. The book details Dr Gorrie’s early life and his eventual arrival in Apalachicola, FL where he practiced all of his life. The story is told with great insight into his personal trials and tribulations not only while practicing medicine but also trying to implement his inventions. He was also very actively involved in public health and carried his message directly to the public as member of the city council and mayor. Many of the citations in the book are accompanied by archival photographs and illustrations. The final chapter is a wonderful summary of Dr Gorrie’s legacy with copious photographs and illustrations. The book is easy to read and will be appreciated by readers of all ages. It will be a great book for students for supplemental reading in history and science classes. I wish I had known about the importance of Dr Gorrie and his invaluable contributions to all of mankind when I was a student in the publicschool system in Jacksonville. Now due to the diligence and wonderful story telling by Linda Caldwell, I am so happy that this book by Linda Caldwell will keep the memory of Dr John Gorrie alive for all of us.
Great book with an in-depth look at a man who did a lot for the beginnings of modern medicine (and air conditioning!!!) and a forgotten piece of Florida history. I’m grateful this book was written - he may have disappeared from the history books completely, otherwise!
Wow, I loved learning all about John Gorrie’s life. He sounds like such a good man. This book was well written and so full of information. I feel like all Americans should know about John Gorrie, and this book was a great read.