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Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use
The stories behind drug discovery are fascinating, full of human and scientific interest. This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as well as the human frailty associated them. History is replete with examples of breakthrough medicines that have saved millions of lives. Ether as an anesthetic by Morton; penici ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Exactly what it says on the tin: the stories behind the development of a wide variety of drugs, including ones that are no longer in use. Many of the stories are fascinating, and some of them are nearly soap operatic in the level of backstabbing involved between the researchers. The tone is very conversational, which is especially helpful when Li delves into the science. He doesn't shy away from the hard science involved, so some sections of the book were a bit over my head. Since the book is di ...more
This is an engaging narrative on the development of pharmaceuticals to treat six major families of illnesses. I particularly enjoyed the human side of the stories -- the serendipitous discoveries as well as the ones that required tremendous effort. The author goes into technical details as well but I do not have the background in organic chemistry and molecular biology to understand and appreciate what, at times, became a bit tedious. It is only for this reason that I am giving this book 4-stars ...more
Nice book. Being a physician, I knew part of the facts told by the author. I do not fully agree with the idea of writing the books starting from a pharmacological classification; furthermore, in my opinion, many other drugs not cited have a more intriguing and interesting story compared to some others picked by the author, sometimes a little boring. Nevertheless, a fully enjoyable reading.