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Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills…
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Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of… (udgave 2019)

af Thomas Hager (Forfatter)

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Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher's genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. ?Beginning with opium, the "joy plant," which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book.… (mere)
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Titel:Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine
Forfattere:Thomas Hager (Forfatter)
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2019), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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For starters, I should declare that I’m not the target audience for Ten Drugs. As Thomas Hager mentions in the introduction, this is not a book for drug scientists. However, I still really enjoyed it and found it much easier to read than a lot of ‘drug science’ books! This is a narrative book about ten drugs that have shaped history and medicines. They may not be the most expensive drugs, nor the most lifesaving. Nor are all of them ‘sexy’ drugs. Some just do a job in the background and do it very well.

I’m not going to detail what all of the drugs covered in this book are because that would spoil the fun of guessing what they are (and if your list aligns with Hager’s – but beware that the blurb on the back gives you a lot of hints if you decide to play). The first chapter goes way back in history to discuss opium and the role it has played through the ages. For me, this was my least favourite because I’m not really into ancient history. However, it (like all the other chapters) is incredibly well researched and puts together a great timeline of the major events in history. From the next chapter on, I found the story incredibly interesting as Hager discussed antibiotics, antipsychotics, statins and monoclonal antibodies. The chapter on monoclonal antibodies explains the concept brilliantly as well as covering the applications of them in medicine.

There are lots of great titbits in the chapters that you can use to entertain (or annoy) your friends about certain drugs, their discovery and their claims to fame. Hager also covers each drug without prejudice or drama (yes Big Pharma is mentioned, but it’s not a focus of the book). He devotes care and time to explaining the details, doing detailed research and making each subject really interesting. So yes, a drug scientist can thoroughly enjoy this book too. It’s like putting a name and background to drugs used in practice – and so much more memorable.

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  birdsam0610 | Oct 17, 2020 |
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

Ten Drugs is an entertaining, yet informative look at a number of drugs that have shaped medical history and today's world. This isn't a scholarly history of the pharmaceutical industry, but rather a collection of chapters about a variety of drugs that have shaped medical history. This book is a nicely written (and fascinating) introduction to the history of drug discovery and medicine, as well as providing information on how the pharmaceutical industry evolved and functions. Each chapter deals with a specific group of drugs and are bound together by common themes such as drug evolution, growth of the pharmaceutical industry, changing public attitudes and changes in medical practices and laws. Chapters are devoted to the following topics: opium; smallpox and vaccinations; chloral hydrate (the first totally synthetic drug and original date rape drug); herion, opiates and addiction; the not so "magic bullet" antibiotics; antipsychotics; lifestyle drugs, viagra, and birthcontrol; opioids; statins; and monoclonal antibodies. The book concludes with a look at the future of drugs, with personalized and digitized medicine.

Hager states that this book is aimed at people who know a little about drugs and want to learn more. In this regard, Hager has succeeded in writing a book that is (in my opinion) accessible, entertaining, informative and interesting, to the general public. I particularly appreciated the author's (mostly) objective and clear writing style. ( )
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Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher's genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. ?Beginning with opium, the "joy plant," which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book.

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