Ten Drugs

Ten Drugs How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine

Paperback (06 May 2020)

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Synopsis

Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher's genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. 

​Beginning with opium, the "joy plant," which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book.

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Abrams

Abrams

Abrams Books is dedicated to publishing visually stunning illustrated books on the subjects of art, architecture, photography, graphic design, interior and garden design, fashion, comic arts and graphic novels, sports, and general interest. Its long list of distinguished and popular titles includes The Art of Walt Disney, Earth From Above, Richard Avedon: Performance, Time: Andy Goldsworthy, African Ceremonies, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time, The Ultimate Picasso, Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents, Things I've Learned in My Life So Far, Vanity Fair: The Portraits, Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson, Kirby: King of Comics, William Wegman Polaroids, Tony Duquette, Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, Golf Magazine: Private Lesson's, and the best-selling 365 and Discoveries series.

Book information

ISBN: 9781419735226
Publisher: Abrams Books
Imprint: Abrams
Pub date:
DEWEY: 610.9
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 346g
Height: 142mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 22mm