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Ten drugs : how plants, powders, and pills have shaped the history of medicine /
by Thomas Hager.
imprint
New York : Abrams Press, [2019]
description
296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1419734407, 9781419734403
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imprint
New York : Abrams Press, [2019]
isbn
1419734407
9781419734403
contents note
Introduction: 50,000 pills -- The joy plant -- Lady Mary's monster -- The Mickey Finn -- How to soothe your cough with heroin -- Magic bullets -- The least explored territory on the planet -- Interlude: The golden age -- Sex, drugs, and more drugs -- The enchanted ring -- Statins : a personal story -- A perfection of blood -- Epilogue: The future of drugs.
abstract
"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."--Page [2] of cover.
catalogue key
12204365
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-285) and index.

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