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- DescriptionThe Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine. Sulfa saved millions of lives among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Dela Roosevelt Jr. but its real effects are even more 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 vel. For thousands of years, humans had sought medicines with which they could defeat contagion, and they had slowly, painstakingly, won a few battles: some vaccines to ward off disease, a handful of antitoxins. A drug or two was available that could stop parasitic diseases once they hit, tropical maladies like malaria and sleeping sickness. But the great killers of Europe, North America, and most of Asia pneumonia, plague, tuberculosis, diphtheria, cholera, meningitis were caused t by parasites but by bacteria, much smaller, far different microorganisms. By 1931, thing on earth could stop a bacterial infection once it started. . . . But all that was about to change. . . . from The Demon Under the MicroscopeFrom the Hardcover edition.
- Author BiographyVeteran science and medical writer Thomas Hager is the author of three books, including Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from Reader s Digest to Medical Tribune. A former director of the University of Oregon Press, contributing editor to American Health, and correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association, he lives in Eugene, Oregon. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Thomas Hager
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication28/08/2007
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFodor's Travel Publications Inc.,U.S.
- Out-of-print date09/02/2016
- Weight268 g
- Width134 mm
- Height201 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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