Sulfa saved millions of lives, among them, Winston Churchill's and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.'s, but its real effects have been even more far reaching. Sulfa changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold. It transformed the way doctors treated patients. And it ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness.
A strange and vibrant story, The Demon Under the Microscope illuminates the colorful characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and central (though mistaken) idea that brought sulfa to the world. This is a fascinating scientific tale with all the excitement and intrigue of a great suspense novel.
©2006 Thomas Hager; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
"Highly entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
I bought this book at a reduced price, and not really expecting anything special, but I was spellbound by this remarkable history. I do not write reviews, but I hope more people can enjoy this Mr Hager's account of scientific history.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
Okay, I know what you are thinking. A history on the discovery of sulfa drugs. Dry and boring. NO! Not dry, not boring and actually interesting. There are quirks and turns in the path of this discovery that are just fascinating. The factors playing into the discovery are intriguing.. The coincidences are amazing. I really enjoyed listening to this. I learned a lot. Like sulfa was discovered before penicillin. And a whole lot more. So try it, you just might like it.
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Probably not.. I already knew most of it... and I have so many books to listen to that I haven't heard.
The details about the wound care...and the history....and bringing those characters to life that I've read about in all the biology courses I've taken. I just loved that.
He made every word enjoyable.
The struggle that people had to go through just to get basic good care instituted.
You'll be surprised how much you like this book.
I am an award winning journalist. I was a television News Reporter and Anchor for ten years. I then decided to go to graduate school and I have been teaching broadcasting and announcing and voice acting for 23 years at a University in Texas. I also host two talk shows for the local NPR station.
I think it needed more suspense and perhaps a bit more of what was going on in the lab and what other people knew about it and the consequences it would or could have
The narration was good but sometimes you can only do so much with the groceries they give you.
Again, he just needed some better writing to work with.
I am not sure since I did not listen all the way through
I love all books and if it has a good story line, good narration and easy to follow I will listen.
Sometimes there just isnt much to follow
Say something about yourself!
The story behind sulfa drugs was truly engaging and enlightening. Hager does a wonderful job of incorporating science and story in the history of the drug. Truly enjoyable!
Well documented story of the development of the first effective bacteriostatic drugs. Particularly moving is the life and work story of Gerhard Domagk, credited the development of Prontosil, first antibiotic.
I did not know the history of sulfa and how important it was. I think of penicillin as the first antibiotic and was glad to learn about this important precursor.
Inspiring review on the history of Sulfa discovery. A team effort lead by a pathologist, a medical specialist poorly recognized but once again, successful at making a significant contribution to modern medicine. The book is accessible for everyone, using non-technical language. The historical documentation is rather complete and seemingly unbiased.
The recognition of the role of a pathologist as a basic researcher breaking new ground.
The moment when the central character (Domagk) realizes the potential of his discovery.
When second world war almost wiped out Domagk's efforts.
Weel documented. Well read. A lot of fun.
The story is fine like all the other books on the market about historical development of goods, products and commodities. Salt, Cod, Life Lobster...etc. I thought the narration was depressing and poorly done. I would recommend you do a preview listen before you buy it. I would note I like almost every book I listen. Rarely, actually never have a complaint. Only read highest recommended books and love Audible. Book talks a lot about open wounds, blood, amputations too. Like I said, if you like this kinda stuff and also the narration. Maybe this book is for you.
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