Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researchers genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. Beginning with opium, the joy plant, which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book....
|Title||:||Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine Reviews
Essential reading. This book delivers a clear-eyed view of drugs and the pharmaceutical industry by using some of history’s most important drugs as examples. This book is particularly interesting for those who are concerned by the current opioid crisis.
Really interesting books about several popular and some life saving drugs. The part I liked best was the focus on the money angle--what kind of drugs sell (lipitor and viagra for example) and how the profit motive makes for bad decisionmaking in drug research. We tend to assume that patent protection and the ability to make tons of money leads to better drugs, but it leads to drugs like viagra. Turns out there isn't all that much money in life-saving drugs that you just take once and are done wi ...more
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was very good. I found the book very interesting. I really enjoyed the stories about how various drugs were discovered & their early uses. There were just a few spots that could have been shorter & where the author spent too much time injecting his personal opinion.
Really interesting read. Loved hearing the lesser known historical anecdotes around some of the key hallmarks of modern medicine.
***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway***
An interesting tour of the history of medicine, beginning with the ancient use of opium through new manufactured antibodies. As one might expect from the description, it is broken into chapters each covering a different medicine representing a new stage in our discoveries and use of medication. The structure made it easy for me to pick up and set down with relative ease while reading in short chunks. This book reveals some fascinating stories behind w ...more
There's plenty of interesting information in this book. However, the author's chatty, informal writing style began grating on me after a while. It was as though this very complex topic was intentionally being dumbed down. About half way through I confess to skimming a bit here and there. Hence the two stars.
I loved this one.
It's not a science book per se, if you're looking for chemical structures and detailed descriptions of certain drugs, this may disappoint you. It's written like a novel and the author has a great, engaging way to present information.
I got goosebumps at times because you're really feeling with these people and their discoveries (even if it all happened so long ago). Sometimes it's just a tad cheesy, but that was fine for me, I love this. It stays in your mind (especially the Cha ...more