Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine.
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. Beginning with opium, the “joy plant,” which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating history 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 book may contain a sharpie mark on the top or bottom edge and may show mild signs of shelfwear.)