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. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.
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.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I had no idea how compelling this book would be. It's the story of how people finally found a way to deal with bacterial infection, but it's also about people fighting against their personal demons. It's a delight.
I will never take antibiotics for granted again. After listening to this book, I realize just how fortunate I am to live at this time when so many conditions are easily cured with antibiotics. People died from sore throats? Or a splinter in their foot? As I read I thought about the scene in Pride and Prejudice when Jane gets sick. Mr. Bennett makes a joke about her dying, but after this book I realize that people did die from things we consider rather common, like colds. Made me very grateful, not only for scientists who work hard to discover these drugs, but for the chances that made these discoveries possible.
This book does get bogged down in quite a few places and the narration was rather plodding. On the other hand, I hardly knew anything about Sulfa and learned quite a lot from this volume. Very good history on the American consumer's approach to medicine (the section on patent medicine).
Theoretical evolutionary biologist
I am a biologist and have had extensive training in molecular and microbiology, yet somehow this amazing tale of Gerhard Domagk slipped by the regular curriculum. This is a fascinating tale of how the world's first antibiotic was discovered. But it is a lot more than just a tale of scientific endeavor. Its a biographical sketch of one of the forgotten heroes of biology - his motives, his perseverance and his rivalries. Its truly an inspiring tale.
The author does a fantastic job of tying all these tales together and goes even bound to talk about how these discoveries led to public perception of health and medicine and creation of FDA in the US. I highly recommend this book.
Stephen Hoye's narration is spotless. His enthusiasm for the story is well reflection in the way he narrates the book.
This book was extremely informative. Thomas Hager gives a detailed history while going into scientific detail. There were parts that seemed to drag on but overall I enjoyed it. The narrator was very well spoken and easy to listen to.
it could be because of my medical background that I found this book starting up a bit slow. However, it was fairly well developed and half way through I finally got wrapped up in the story and the characters. Nice and tidy wrap up also. well written overall.