The Drug Book: From Arsenic to Xanax, 250 Milestones in the History of Drugs

The Drug Book: From Arsenic to Xanax, 250 Milestones in the History of Drugs

by Michael C. Gerald
     
 

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Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this new volume in the popular Milestones series looks at 250 crucial moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving, and sometimes life-endangering drugs. Describing the discovery and chemistry of drugs like alcohol, opium, hemlock, the smallpox vaccine, Xanax, and AZT, this lush edition also… See more details below

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Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this new volume in the popular Milestones series looks at 250 crucial moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving, and sometimes life-endangering drugs. Describing the discovery and chemistry of drugs like alcohol, opium, hemlock, the smallpox vaccine, Xanax, and AZT, this lush edition also features the scientists, doctors, and companies who brought them to us.

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" . . . an excellent starting point for student researchers and is very browsable for the general reader. Recommended for most public libraries.” —Booklist
Library Journal
10/15/2013
Gerald (pharmacy, emeritus, Univ. of Connecticut; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prescription Drugs; The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie) has produced a beautiful and well-researched historical guide to significant drugs. Short, chronologically arranged monographs begin with herbs and alcohol and include coffee and tea as well as more conventional medicines. The majority of pages cover 20th-century drugs, and 19 sections relate to 21st-century medicines, with five sections tackling substances of the future, such as "smart drugs," anti-aging drugs, and gene therapy. VERDICT This title will be of interest to history of medicine readers and related collections.—Mary Chitty, Cambridge Healthtech Inst., Needham, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402782640
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Sterling Milestones
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
263,368
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)

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