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!
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!
Yes, it's definitely worth listening to this book, though if I could do it over, I'd read it because the narrator was so overbearing. I had to continually imagine how the book would read instead of how it sounded in order to get through it. A wonderful topic and eye-opening details about the process of medical discovery and the history of science.
The biography of Madame Curie. The struggles, painstaking attention to detail and miniscule advances that in the end lead to huge advances in human understanding is very inspiring.
Where do I begin? He was pompous and trite, imparting an astounding insensitivity to the well-researched and well-written material of the book.
Yes, be more selective about poor narration.
Introduce the history of science to my homeschooling curriculum.
I hope Audible doesn't let narrators like Stephen Hoye, Scott Brick and Davinia Porter be the final voices for many of the books they have demolished for listening audiences. Like Thomas Hager, Michael Pollan and Diana Galbaldon deserve another shot having their work read aloud.
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