Drugs that changed the world: how therapeutic agents shaped by Irwin W. Sherman

By Irwin W. Sherman

Drugs are utilized in the analysis, relief, therapy, prevention or treatment of ailment. it is a ebook approximately medicines, how they got here to be, and the way they exert their ‘magic’. this day now we have medicines to guard opposed to infectious illnesses, to relieve aches and pains, to permit new organs to exchange the previous, and for mind features to be changed. but, for the main half the way through which medications are constructed and by way of whom continues to be a secret. medicinal drugs are greater than only a tablet or liquid and a few have markedly altered historical past. the writer has chosen a couple of medicinal drugs – highlights representing milestones affecting our wellbeing and fitness and influencers of social switch. The tales informed are dramatic and comprise extraordinary successes and dismal disasters. And the folk approximately whom those tales are instructed are either saints and sinners – selfless and conniving – daring and mercurial and shy and retiring loner. the medication themselves replicate the variety in their starting place tales and the writer assembles either side of those interesting stories.

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35 How Aspirin Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 32 Drugs That Changed the World In 1757, the Reverend Edward Stone of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, England, stripped the bark from a willow tree (Salix alba), and when it was tasted, he was surprised at its bitterness. It resembled, he thought, the taste of the Jesuits’ bark, the rare and rather expensive remedy for the fever, the ague, a disease then quite common in the low-lying areas of England, particularly Oxfordshire and the fens of Kent.

Chloroform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cocaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coca-Cola and Cocaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morphine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heroin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 49 40 Drugs That Changed the World During the Middle Ages and until the nineteenth century, cleanliness was neither a priority of medicine nor a priority of people in general.

Morphine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heroin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 49 40 Drugs That Changed the World During the Middle Ages and until the nineteenth century, cleanliness was neither a priority of medicine nor a priority of people in general. Communal wells provided water to the streets, but there were few facilities for removing sewage.

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