Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Cliche, but oh so appropriate for this tale.
Considering the international upheaval caused by the German nation in WWI and WWII, the brilliance of this nations scientists, acting in many cases above and beyond the politics, is amazing.
I was enthralled at the science and human accomplishments achieved despite the events going on around them. We owe so much.
History of antibiotics
Gerhard Domagk, he's kind of a boss and kind of the main character.
Stephen presents the material very articulately, enveloping the listener in the story.
"Who thought the history of modern medical science could be this cool?"
What intrigued me about this book was vivid descriptions of what it was like before cures where found, the big business of finding cures and the foresight of inventors. The book was a great mix of medical facts, the human condition, the passion of people, the culture of the time and key events that helped cures happen. This is a must for any history buff who loves seeing all aspects of history.
I found this audio books extremely interesting. The narration is excellent and keeps you listening for hours at a time. I learnt a lot about early medicines.
The narrator was excellent.
The very human characters, flaws and all, who worked tirelessly to do great things for humankind.
The narrator kept the story moving forward in a way that made you wonder what would happen next.
The imprisonment of Domagk, and its long term effect, was heart rendering.
I heartily recommend this book. People living today don't understand how different the world was before the creation of sulfa drugs.
Yes, because it gave me a good idea on how the medical industry become what it is today and why we have so instinctive trust on medicine and drugs.
Gerhard Domagk was my favorite character, first because it's the main character, second because he his the kind of person that I admire: follow his dreams and ideollogies even under the pressure of war or possibly being killed by nazis.
No. I think it would be more like the type of movie I would watch in the History Channel or Discovery Channel.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
The story does a very good job on jumping over time and space to show the history and implications of a great discovery! Antibiotics. More easily said than done. A story worth telling!
I expect that I will listen to this book again in the future.
The story was very well researched.
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!