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Miracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine / William Rosen.

  • Rosen, William, 1955-2016
Date
[2017]
  • Books

About this work

Description

As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. By 1955, the age-old evolutionary relationship between humans and microbes had been transformed, trivializing once-deadly infections. William Rosen captures this revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. He explains why, given the complex nature of bacteria--and their ability to rapidly evolve into new forms--the only way to locate and test potential antibiotic strains is by large-scale, systematic, trial-and-error experimentation. Organizing that research needs large, well-funded organizations and businesses, and so our entire scientific-industrial complex, built around the pharmaceutical company, was born. Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, Miracle Cure is a must-read science narrative--a drama of enormous range, combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity's relationship with nature since the invention of agriculture ten thousand years ago.

Publication/Creation

New York, New York : Viking, [2017]

Physical description

358 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-342) and index.

Contents

All the worse for the fishes -- Patience, skill, luck, and money -- Play with microbes -- The people's department -- To see the problem clearly -- Man of the soil -- Satans into seraphs -- The little stranger -- Disturbing proportions -- Epilogue : the adaptability of the chemist.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    IDPA /ROS
    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780525428107
  • 0525428100