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Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy
     

Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy

by Robert Bud
 

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ISBN-10: 0199254060

ISBN-13: 9780199254064

Pub. Date: 03/29/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Penicillin is the drug of the twentieth century. It was the first of the antibiotics that, for decades after the Second World War, underpinned a popular belief that infectious disease had at last met its match. With the emergence of 'superbugs' in recent decades these hopes have faded. Across the world, we are warned that widespread antibiotic abuse will inexorably

Overview

Penicillin is the drug of the twentieth century. It was the first of the antibiotics that, for decades after the Second World War, underpinned a popular belief that infectious disease had at last met its match. With the emergence of 'superbugs' in recent decades these hopes have faded. Across the world, we are warned that widespread antibiotic abuse will inexorably erode the drugs' efficacy and our own earlier confidence in them.

Penicillin pulls these different but conjoined stories into a compelling narrative spanning the second half of the twentieth century. Using a wealth of new research, Robert Bud sets the discovery and use of penicillin in the broader context of social and cultural change across the world. He examines the drug's critical contributions to medicine and agriculture, and he investigates the global spread of resistant bacteria as antibiotic use continues to rise. Clearly written and highly topical, his book will be of great interest to historians, scientists, and anyone wishing to understand penicillin's seismic impact on modern life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199254064
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2007
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Introduction: Penicillin-Chemical and Brand 1

1 Illness, Drugs, and Wonder Drugs before Penicillin 4

2 Penicillin from Organized Science 23

3 Creating the Brand in the Era of Propaganda 54

4 Making Penicillin across the World 75

5 The Carefree Culture and the Third Industrial Revolution 97

6 Fighting Resistance with Technology 116

7 Doctors, Patients, and the Brand 140

8 Animals, Resistance, and Committees 163

9 In Face of Catastrophe 192

Conclusion: Revolution and Tragedy 213

Acknowledgements 217

Permissions 219

Notes 223

Bibliography 281

Index 319

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