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Thomas Hager

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How science and technology change our lives. I believe in facts.

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“Where there were once several competing approaches to medicine, there is now only one that matters to most hospitals, insurers, and the vast majority of the public. One that has been shaped to a great degree by the successful development of potent cures that followed the discovery of sulfa drugs. Aspiring caregivers today are chosen as much (or more) for their scientific abilities, their talent for mastering these manifold technological and pharmaceutical advances as for their interpersonal skills. A century ago most physicians were careful, conservative observers who provided comfort to patients and their families. Today they act: They prescribe, they treat, they cure. They routinely perform what were once considered miracles. The result, in the view of some, has been a shift in the profession from caregiver to technician. The powerful new drugs changed how care was given as well as who gave it.”
Thomas Hager, The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

“SOUTH AMERICA’S GREAT Atacama Desert is a place unlike any other. Its climate is different, with close to zero rainfall but occasional thick fogs. Its plants and animals are different—what there are of them, which is to say almost none—capable of living with almost no water. Even its rocks are different. The floor of the Atacama is crusted and shot through with a riot of strange chemicals: nitrates, chromates, and dichromates; perchlorates, iodates, sulfates, and borates; chlorides of potassium, magnesium, and calcium; minerals “so extraordinary,” a researcher wrote, “were it not for their existence, geologists could easily conclude that such deposits could not form in nature.” How”
Thomas Hager, The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Discovery That Changed the Course of History

“science at its best was a flower of Western culture, unbiased, apolitical, transnational, open, and progressive. It destroyed superstition and cant. It threw at least a little light into the darkness. And it worked.”
Thomas Hager, The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

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Kathleen Perkins Dear Thomas, I'm thrilled to have you as a Goodreads friend. I know you're a scientist, but I hope you believe in divine providence, because your "friendship" here is just that! Strange as it may sounds, I've been looking for you. I tried to reach you through you webpage, but you never responded. Here is the note I sent you in February, 2014: Dear Thomas, I'm writing to express my deep gratitude to you for your book on the Sulfa drug, The Demon Under the Microscope. I am someone whose life was saved by this drug. I've just completed a memoir, which begins with my 2 1/2 year old self as I lay in hospital dying (in 1941) from a streptococcus infection, pneumonia, and septicemia.

I had cut out a clipping that reviewed your book and put it in a "to read' file. Recently, i when through that file and found the review. What a wonderful journey you took me on. This is a beautifully written book! I learned so much about so many things regarding medicine, chemistry, tragedy, dedication, etc. Your book was full of intrigue, mystery, suspense, pain, suffering, joy and triumph. But mostly, I was in awe, and so moved by this story, and so very grateful to know the history of the drug that saved my life!!

Thank you, a thousand times, thank you,
Kathleen


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Aloha Hi Thomas, thank you for the friending. You've written interesting books. I'm looking through their summaries.


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