Book ID: CBB729311593

Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine (2017)


William, Rosen (Author)


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 368 pages
Language: English

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma.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.

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Authors & Contributors
Daemmrich, Arthur Alfred
Greene, Jeremy Alan
Bode, Maarten
Puig, Núria
Greenwood, David
Srogosz, T.
History and Technology
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Social History of Medicine
Oxford University Press
Temple University Press
Peter Lang
University of Chicago Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Pharmaceutical industry
Medicine and politics
Cold War
Wellcome, Henry Solomon
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Pfizer, Inc.
United States. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)
Wellcome Research Laboratories
Deutsche Pharmazuetische Gesellschaft
American Society for Pharmacology

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