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Author Hager, Thomas.

Title The demon under the microscope : from battlefield hospitals to Nazi labs, one doctor's heroic search for the world's first miracle drug / Thomas Hager.

Imprint New York : Harmony Books, c2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  615.2723 H122d 2006    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description viii, 340 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-330) and index.
Summary The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. It was sulfa, the first synthetic antibiotic. Science writer Hager chronicles the history of the drug that shaped modern medicine. Sulfa saved millions of lives--among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.--but even more, it changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness. This book illuminates the vivid characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central (though mistaken) idea that brought sulfa to the world.--From publisher description.
Contents The Hunt -- The Right Side -- The Left Side.
Subject Domagk, Gerhard, 1895-1964.
Sulfonamides -- Therapeutic use -- History.
Antibacterial agents -- History.
Bacterial diseases -- Chemotherapy.
Medical scientists -- Germany -- Biography.
Physicians -- Germany -- Biography.
Sulfonamides -- history -- Germany.
ISBN 1400082137
Standard No. NLM 101267172
YDXCP 2417848
IG# 1400082137
NZ1 10689360

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