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

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

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Overview


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 Xanax—while shining a light on the scientists, doctors, and companies who brought them to us.
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Seventy percent of Americans take prescription drugs and more than half of us receive two or more prescriptions. Our use and sometimes dependence on these elixirs is not a uniquely national or modern trait; for thousands of years, cultures of nearly every description searched for and found remedies to heal their bodies and quiet their minds. Michael Gerald's The Drug Book is a 500+-page walk through of medications that include everything from alcohol, hashish, and speed to polio vaccines, Xanax, and new diet drugs. Best read with a soothing cup of herbal tea.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402792328
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Sterling Milestones
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 559,423
  • File size: 86 MB
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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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