Medicine, Science, and Merck

Medicine, Science, and Merck

by P. Roy Vagelos, Louis Galambos


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ISBN-13: 9780521662956
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1. The making of a physician; 2. Hot science in big government; 3. The French alternative; 4. The research university - American style; 5. Turning the corner at Merck; 6. Crisis; 7. 'Blockbusters'; 8. On-the-job training; 9. Global aspirations; 10. The moral corporation; 11. Getting to know the Clintons; 12. Partners.

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Medicine, Science and Merck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Roy Vagelos lived a rags-to-riches dream. He culminated his career as CEO of Merck, a giant company whose employees used to take lunch breaks at the store where he swept the floors as a boy. This is an inspiring tale, but not directly instructive. The author offers no tips for doctors, scientists or executives, nor does he address most of the current hot-button issues facing pharmaceutical companies. Vagelos simply, matter-of-factly presents the story of one man's life and achievements, without preaching or teaching. He does offer insights into scientific research (maybe too many, but this is his passion), into competitive hiring and into his management approach. His discussion of Merck's public health initiatives provides a much-needed counterpoint to the bad press the pharmaceutical industry has received in recent years. We suggest this book to those interested in Merck's history, in the pharmaceutical industry, in biochemistry or in a perfect example of an American immigrant's rise to success.