In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of sulfa, the first antibiotic and the drug that shaped modern medicine The Nazis discovered it The Allies won the war with it It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single handedly launched the era of antibiotics Sulfa saved millions of livesamong them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.but its real effects are even far reaching Sulfa changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold transformed the way doctors treated patients and ushered in the era of modern medicine The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness A strange and colorful story, The Demon Under the Microscope illuminates the vivid characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central though mistaken idea that brought sulfa to the world This is a fascinating scientific tale with all the excitement and intrigue of a great suspense novel....
|Title||:||The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug|
|Publisher||:||Broadway Books 63973rd edition August 28, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||884 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug Reviews
This is an extremely interesting book and I have learned so much about the history of antibiotics and how they get to market. I actually have some old flyers from the early 1900's that tout magical cures etc. Great read.
As a physician, I had heard the story of Fleming's discovery of penicillin often, but the development of the first clinically available antibiotic, sulfa, is a fascinating story that is not widely known. Instead of the inspired alchemy of a brilliant scientist that one assumes goes into the discovery of a brand new class of medications, the discovery of sulfa is a much more methodical affair of a driven science team funded by the deep pockets of a huge corporation. Interwoven with the events of two world wars and German industrialism, the story touches of both the scientific and personal challenges of a years-long drug development effort.
Thomas Hager opens Demon Under The Microscope with compelling descriptions of December 7 1941's wounded and those who cared for them. The setting is Tripler General Hospital in Hawaii. Ambulances, trucks, and cars bring the torn, the lacerated, and the roasted to the hospital. When it is filled the lawns of the facility are covered with the injured. The hospital's three operating rooms are in service for nearly a full day. Surprisingly and quite unlike World War One, there is not a single death from infection.
A lovely, easy to read book. In addition to talking about antibiotics it covers a great deal of history in an interesting way. It was shocking to realize just how bad healthcare less than 100 years ago. The book is written in a very accessible way and you don't need prior medical or historical knowledge.
This is a beautiful tapestry of the fascinating history preceding the penicillin story, bringing alive the people and science that brought medicine into the modern age. It spans the continents, from Nazi influence over the most advanced pharmaceutical research to the development of the U.S. Food Drug and Cosmetics Act to protect against unbridled sale of lethal concoctions. The backstory on Domagk's Nobel Prize award is unforgettable.
This was recommended to me by a microbiology professor, and a sound recommendation it was. Briefly, I'll discuss who it appeals to and then the book itself.