This book is not written just for chemists or physicians. It is written in layman's terms and the author simply tells a story. It's more like a novel than a history book. It is a fascinating look at what can only be described as a world spanning saga of the invention of the first antibiotics. The author looks not only at the main characters in the search for a miracle cure for bacteriological infection, but shows it all in the context of the world that we all live in. I really like nonfiction that reads like a novel because I learn so much along the way. I am not a scientist, but I can appreciate the scientific method much more now after this book. The narrator did a superb job and was not dull in the least. If you like nonfiction that really is stranger and more unbelievable than fiction, this book is for you! If you have a friend who is a chemist or physician, then you have a perfect gift!
Its in the top 7.
Might compare it with A Short History of Nearly Everything and Guns, Germs and Steel.
He adds humanity to all the technical jargon.
At times, but the information is very dense. So, you want to take it easy.
It was a pleasant surprise. It was a revelation to read about the transformation of modern medicine.
This book ranks very highly. It's a gripping tale of scientific discovery, public health and lots of little historical vignettes. Loved it!
The author does a great job of making complicated processes compelling and easy to understand.
This was the first time I've listened to Stephen Hoye but it won't be the last. An outstanding reader!
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!