This book is well researched and well constructed. It takes the reader through the development of sulfa drugs, their impact on history and there eventual replacement with modern antibiotics. The history here is fascinating.
The industrial brute force method of Bayer to find new products, the eventual understanding of why sulfa works, the competition between manufacturers, the expansion of the FDA and the implementation of prescription requirements for drugs. All this causes the reader to think how medicine got to where it is today and how blessed we are to have 'miracle' drugs at our disposal.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in science, medicine, and/or modern history.
I was asked once how many times my life has been saved by antibiotics. I figure three times in 60 years for certain and this is probably average for most people over 50. The Demon Under the Microscope is a fascinating story and detailed account of the motivation, dedication, and inspiration that produced the miraculous sulfa drugs and how the changed and shaped medicine. Well researched, well told, well read and well worth reading!
Reads like a novel, but is a fascinating history of the search for a "magic bullet" that scientists had searched for for centuries. The discovery of the first sulfa drugs are the focus, beginning in the early 30's in Germany, but all kinds of background information is included, making for a really interesting listen.
On the human side, the story centers on Gerhard Domagk's life, and his quest to find an antibacterial agent that would be able to prevent infections and/or cure infections. He eventually was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1939 for his work in the development of the first sulfa drugs.
Amazing story and terrific audio. Highly recommended!
I did not read the print version. But the audio version was to me, as a physician, "hard to put down"
Dr. Domach was the central character of the story, and his efforts in the laboratory over many years and his personal torment at the hands of the Nazis were very inspiring
The narrator's performance was generally quite good. He did make several errors of pronunciation that were disturbing to me
The book describes a vital period of development of modern medicine that changed physicians from empathetic hand-holders to curers of disease
Fascinating tale that unfolds in the midst of wartime Germany. Although I cringed at some of the main characters' connections to the Nazis, I found the story interesting and revealing. Great delivery, too.
The understanding of how French law views patents and how section on how the FDA got their fangs.
He sounded engaged.
Well researched and interesting. Very 'readable'.
Required some patience and persistence to get through some of the detailed explanations, but I really enjoyed the broad scope and perspective.
Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.
Number One, together with Demon in the freezer.
The combination of Science and War Histories in the first place and the diligence and perseverance of the scientists searching for a cure for bacterial infections. The books does not concentrate in one direction/aspect but tells all that happend before, during and after a specific event. It actually tells the story of how a lot of things got started and accepted. Infact, I never knew Sulfa drugs were discovered this way and I appreciate every info I had from this book. I kept on bookmarking and rewinding till I absorbed every word/scene in the story. It is indeed an excellent blend of Medicine, Science and History that needs to be known by everyone.I therefore congratulate Thomas Hager for a wonderful job done. On my way to purchase his next book.
His voice is a perfect match for this book. I had already admired him from The Emperor of All Maladies which is also another first class book.
Recommended to all Researchers and Medical practitioners. A lot is to be learnt from this book.
I enjoyed learning the history of the development and application of salfa drugs.
The elixir sulfanilamide incident and its implications for the drug and drug industry was my favorite part of the book.
Some instances of dwelling on fairly boring details, especially at the beginning.
HIstory of medications we take for granted today.
The history and the development of medications was fascinating.