What a great story of perseverance! Fantastic example of a few men willing and able to change the world and not letting anyone telling them it was impossible. This is perhaps, the story that shaped healthcare the most this past century. It gives a great peek into the process of drug development pre-WWII which was unregulated and free wheeling. Yet at the same time drug discovery itself is done in essentially the exact same manner!
I am a dancer, health professional, meditator and avid reader. I listen to audio books while driving, working out and doing chores. I listen to non-fiction more than fiction, but enjoy both. I like books I can learn from or be inspired by. I post my favorites on Pintrest.
I enjoyed the history of the development of the first antibiotics. I might listen again in a few years after reading other books with intersecting histories.
I liked the way it showed the connection of external forces like war, the need for a company to make money on their R&D, and the scientists perseverance in pursuing the possibility of finding a drug to kill bacteria.
The part of the story that told about a disaster of mixing sulfa with a chemical to make it drinkable, which turned out to be poisonous which led to the FDA regulation of drugs being released to the public.
No, I listened over a number of settings
All of us have benefitted from antibiotics, this is relevant to all of us.
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.
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.
medical history comes alive
It brought the scientist to life, he became a flesh and blood character. I appreciated learning about the process of discovery and the cost of illness before the discovery of sulfa drugs.
He was a great narrator, very good style.
If you like learning about things, the history of how something came to be, this is a great book.
Great non fiction that reads like a thriller. Well told story about the scientist who worked to discover antibiotics and won a nobel prize for his work. Along the way you get lots of interesting stories about German dye industry and history during the years between the wars and after. Far more interesting and riveting than it may sound.