Miracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine
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New York, New York : Viking, [2017].
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Book
ISBN
9780525428107, 0525428100
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358 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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Adult Nonfiction
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Published
New York, New York : Viking, [2017].
Language
English
ISBN
9780525428107, 0525428100

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-342) and index.
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The fastest and most dramatic improvement in human welfare can be precisely dated to less than a century ago: March 11, 1940. That day, a woman named Anne Miller, about to die from a strep infection, was injected with the world's entire supply of a new drug: penicillin. Her survival marked the beginning of the antibiotic revolution. Within a single generation, diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever--diseases that had killed billions of people over thousands of years--were finally treatable, even curable. Medicine, which had barely more weapons in its arsenal in the middle of the twentieth century that at the beginning of the first, was changed forever. Miracle cure captures the revolution, with all its false starts, lucky surprises, unlikely collaborations, and eccentric characters, from the nineteenth century discovery of the germ theory of disease by Pasteur and Koch through the discoveries of Paul Ehrlich, whose "magic bullet" was the first chemical able to treat a bacterial disease, and Gerhard Domagk, whose sulfanilamide was at once the most dramatic drug in history...and a dead end for future drug development. Withing a decade of Anne Miller's hospital stay, virtually all the major families of antibiotics had been introduced. And so, too, had all of today's pharmaceutical giants, who, nurtured by the first effective therapies in human history (and by the enormous and secret WWII-era "Manhattan Project" for the production of penicillin) grew almost overnight from small and barely breaking even companies to some of the world's largest, most innovative, and most profitable corporations. Miracle Cure is the story behind costly new drugs; the autonomy of doctors and the power of the FDA; the triumphs and abuses of Big Pharma; and the terrors of antibiotic resistant diseases. William Rosen's account masterfully weaves a spellbinding history of enormous range, combining science, technology, politics, and economics to speak with urgency about the future of medical innovation and human well-being.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Rosen, W. (2017). Miracle cure: the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine . Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Rosen, William, 1955-2016. 2017. Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine. Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Rosen, William, 1955-2016. Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine Viking, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Rosen, William. Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine Viking, 2017.

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