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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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… See more details below

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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 Xanax—while shining a light on 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:
9781402792328
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Sterling Milestones
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
270,047
File size:
89 MB
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