Drugs That Changed the World: How Therapeutic Agents Shaped Out LIves

Drugs That Changed the World: How Therapeutic Agents Shaped Out LIves

Pages: 190

Publisher: CRC Press

Year of Publication: 2016

Author(s) : Irwin W. Sherman

Book Description:

Drugs, natural or synthetic, are used in the diagnosis, alleviation, treatment, prevention or cure of disease. This is a book about some of these therapeutic agents, how they came to be, and how they exert their ‘magic’. Today we have drugs to protect against infectious diseases, to alleviate aches and pains, to allow new organs to replace the old, and for brain functions to be modified. Yet, for the most part the manner by which drugs are developed and by whom remains a mystery. More than just a pill or liquid some drugs have shaped our lives and Western civilization. The author has selected an array of drugs that represent milestones—those affecting our well-being and influencing social change. The stories are told in a dramatic fashion and include spectacular successes and dismal failures. And, the history of drug discovery is filled with colorful personalities – the selfless and the conniving – the bold and the shy, the collaborator and the retiring loner. This book is for the curious. It is for those who want to know more about the science behind the label on the prescription bottle or the vial of vaccine.


•    Chronicles the development of some of the most significant drugs affecting human health

•    Offers easy-to-follow and understandable explanations of how drugs work

•    Explains the science underlying the processes of drug discovery

•    Helps readers appreciate the contributions of the individuals involved in drug discovery and development

•    Serves as essential reading for anyone interested in human health and public policy