Loved the organization of this book; it is told in broad strokes chronologically but the author saves some of the back-story for each major topic to right before it is covered making it very easy to follow.
This has become a personal favorite.
Enlightening! Loved the chronology aspect to modern day medicines. This could have been a boring, fact-filled narration, however the presentation made this so interesting that I had a hard time turning it off. Would recommend this to everyone.
Avid reader/listener. Scuba Diver, Civil Engineer, Real Estate Agent and Enthusiast. Univ. of Pittsburgh grad, Pittsburgh Penguins fan!
The Demon Under the Microscope is a great novel by Thomas Hager that covers the journey of pre-modern medicine up to and including the first attempt at curing bacterial infections and diseases with the sulfanilimide drug derivatives. Mr. Hager presents the information in a very logical and engaging fashion and will leave you feeling satisfied after finishing the book. In addition, the narration by Stephen Hoye is top notch.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in medical history, or just wanting to listen to a great story narrated by a great reader.
Please let me know what you think. I am curious to see what others have thought about this book.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
This book is well written and performed as well as an excellent source of information. Most of us cannot remember a time when antibiotics weren't available or a time when many common childhood diseases could be fatal.
The book relates the early history of the discovery of antibiotics as well as the development of the protective services that keep Americans from using pharmacological items that are neither effective or safe.
An impressive history!
I'm glad I listened once, but I doubt I'd listen again. The story was relatively heavy on the minutiae of exploring for a new drug. So, interesting the first time, but I think it would be boring the second time. If I wanted to listen in this genre again, I'd look for something that covered more than the narrow slice of history of this one drug class.
Learning the intricacies of early efforts at drug development. These folks were geniuses to whom the civilized world owes a great debt. Hard to imagine what the world would be like today without a few of these pioneers.
Tries too hard. This author's habit of slowing down and/or emphasizing the last word in sentences got annoying. At times he sounded so much like an actor trying to sound professional that it made him come across as amateur. He was ultimately competent and listening was still pleasant, but I'm not a fan of this reader's annunciation style.
No. It's not a book that consistently leaves you desperately wanting to know what happens next.
The book was good, I do not regret listening to it, but it was not exceptional. The mix of science, general history, and specific history of the scientists was acceptable, but left me a bit confused at times. The author would jump around to different topics and people without obvious transitions, and I sometimes got confused by the many scientists and why or whether they would become important. I had an interest in the history of how early drugs were developed and this answered that nicely with one particular drug. I get the sense I missed out on other important developments happening in the pharma world at the same time.
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.