The Drug Book: From Arsenic to Xanax, 250 Milestones in the History of Drugsby Michael C. Gerald
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Throughout history, humans everywhere have searched for remedies to heal our bodies and minds. Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this book in the hugely popular Milestones series looks at 250 of the most important moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving, and sometimes life-endangering pharmaceuticals. Illustrated entries feature ancient drugs like alcohol, opium, and hemlock; the smallpox and the polio vaccines; homeopathic cures; and controversial medical treatments like ether, amphetamines, and Xanaxwhile shining a light on the scientists, doctors, and companies who brought them to us.
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
Meet the Author
Michael C. Gerald, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and has served as Dean of the school. He was previously a professor of pharmacology and Associate Dean at the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University and a consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva. A member of the Board of Directors of the Patient Access Network Foundation, he has authored more than 100 publications and five books, including The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie (University of Texas Press) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prescription Drugs (Alpha). He lives in Storrs Mansfield, CT.
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