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From Aspirin to Viagra Stories of the Drugs that Changed the World




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Genere:Libro
Lingua: Inglese
Editore:

Springer

Pubblicazione: 07/2020
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020





Trama

From Aspirin to Viagra, insulin to penicillin, and vaccines to vitamin supplements, drugs have become part of our everyday lives. This staggering global industry wasn’t born overnight; advancements in pharmaceutical science have been happening for a long while, over the course of decades and even centuries.

This book tells the history of ten prominent substances and how they came to be common household names. It shows how the creation of such influential drugs often began with the right person at the exactly right—or wrong!— time. The chapters tell the stories of geniuses and charlatans; scholars and amateurs; advances won through hard work or pure luck; and ultimately, the handful of resounding successes that revolutionized a global industry.

Beyond the pioneers of the most famous drugs in our culture, the book analyzes how our perspective on medical treatment has shifted over the decades. Modern standards for testing and administering substances have created a new set of advantages, setbacks, and stigmas, all of which are discussed herein. 





Sommario

Acknowledgements

 

Dedication

 

About the Author

 

Preface

 

1. Aspirin

          Story 1.1: The curious reverend and the bark of the willow

          Story 1.2: The three fathers and the two miracle drugs

          Story 1.3: The industrialist and his business

          Story 1.4: The great German patriot and the Great Phenol Plot

          Story 1.5: The man from New Zealand and marketing magic

          Story 1.6: The country doctor and medicinal gum

          Concluding remarks

 

2. Quinine

          Story 2.1: The Countess of Chinchón and the Jesuit Bark

          Story 2.2: The successful charlatan and the miracle medicine

          Story 2.3: The two friends and the yellow cinchona

          Story 2.4: The unlucky adventurer and the alpacas

          Story 2.5: The two opposing scientists and the mosquitoes with spotted wings

          Concluding remarks

         

3. Vitamin C

          Story 3.1: The famous admiral and scurvy

          Story 3.2: The ship’s doctor and Murphy’s Law

          Story 3.3: The snob and the 7,000 cannons

          Story 3.4: The Norwegian hygienist and guinea pigs

          Story 3.5: The Hungarian politician and Hungarian paprika

          Story 3.6: The hardworking chemist and the role of wine flies

          Concluding remarks

           

4. Insulin

          Story 4.1: The bold experimenter and sweet urine

          Story 4.2: The military doctor in Barbados and various diets

          Story 4.3: Two diabetologists, starvation, and Elizabeth the Iconic

          Story 4.4: The vivid scientist from Mauritius and the elixir of youth

          Story 4.5: The aspiring amateur and the elixir of life

          Story 4.6: The strong-minded scientist and her four hands

          Concluding remarks

           

5. Penicillin

          Story 5.1: The doctor with stained hands and the magic bullet

          Story 5.2: The rejected Nobel Prize and saving young Hildegard

          Story 5.3: The Scottish bacteriologist and his return from vacation

          Story 5.4: Three Englishmen and the benefits of America

          Story 5.5: Stubborn Andy and the need for meat

          Story 5.6: The renowned health professional and ethical blindness

          Concluding remarks

 

6. The Pill

          Story 6.1: Madame Restell and Fifth Avenue abortions

          Story 6.2: The revolutionary and birth control

          Story 6.3: The controversial biologist and his controversial experiments

          Story 6.4: The Catholic gynecologist and his futile hope

          Story 6.5: The three brilliant chemists

          Concluding remarks

 

7. Chlorpromazine

          Story 7.1: The enlightened doctor and freeing the insane

          Story 7.2: Many attempts and difficult beginnings for treatment

          Story 7.3: A French thinker and his lytic cocktail

          Story 7.4: A professor, his assistant, and psychiatric penicillin

          Story 7.5: Psychoanalysis and the need to know foreign languages

          Concluding remarks

 

8. Prozac

          Story 8.1: Two psychiatrists, a singing cyclist and dancing patients

          Story 8.2: Three chemists and three neurotransmitters

          Story 8.3: The role of the medicine box

          Story 8.4: How we forgot to grieve

          Concluding remarks

 

9. Viagra

          Story 9.1: The autodidact of Delft and the penis’s status in history

          Story 9.2: The son of a Russian vodka maker and elixirs of youth

          Story 9.3: The biggest charlatan and the deepest desires of men

          Story 9.4: A urologist drops his pants and what men are willing to endure

          Story 9.5: The big medicine producer and the farmer’s beautiful daughter

          Concluding remarks

 

10. Vaccines

          Story 10.1: A beautiful aristocrat and the Ottoman method

          Story 10.2: A wise farmer, a famous doctor and how vaccination got its name

          Story 10.3: A sick slave and the chain transfer of vaccines across the Atlantic

          Story 10.4: Two greats and only one Nobel Prize

          Story 10.5: “Sir Almost Wright” and military brains

          Story 10.6: The Righteous Among the Nations and lice feeders





Autore

Vladimir Marko was born in 1952 in Košice, Eastern Slovakia. He studied organic chemistry at Slovak Technical University and biochemistry at Comenius University, both in Bratislava. He finished his university studies in 1975 and PhD. studies in 1980.

From 1980 to 1991, Marko worked as a researcher in the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. As a member of the Department of Pharmacokinetics, he was responsible for the determination of drugs in biological fluids. In that time, he published several scientific articles and was also an editor of a book dealing with drug determinations (Determination of Beta-Blockers in Biological Material, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1989).

In 1994, Marko began working for the Danish-based pharmacological company Lundbeck, first as a representative and later as the managing director for Slovakia. After nearly 20 years there, he retired in 2013.








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Altre Informazioni

ISBN:

9783030442859

Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Springer Praxis Books
Dimensioni: 240 x 168 mm Ø 492 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:3 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 276
Pagine Romane: xii





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