Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use

Laughing Gas Viagra and Lipitor The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use The stories behind drug discovery are fascinating full of human and scientific interest This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as wel

  • Title: Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use
  • Author: Jie Jack Li
  • ISBN: 9780195300994
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The stories behind drug discovery are fascinating, full of human and scientific interest This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as well as the human frailty associated them History is replete with examples of breakthrough medicines that have saved millions of lives Ether as an anesthetic by Morton peniciThe stories behind drug discovery are fascinating, full of human and scientific interest This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as well as the human frailty associated them History is replete with examples of breakthrough medicines that have saved millions of lives Ether as an anesthetic by Morton penicillin as an antibiotic by Fleming and insulin as an anti diabetic by Banting are just a few examples The discoverers of these medicines are doubtlessly benefactors to mankind for instance, without penicillin, 75% of us probably would not be alive because some of our parents or grandparents would have succumbed to infections Dr Jack Li, a medicinal chemist who is intimately involved with drug discovery, has assembled an astounding amount of facts and information behind important drugs through extensive literature research and interviews with many inventors of the drugs including Viagra and Lipitor There have been many myths and inaccuracies associated with those legendary drugs The inventors perspectives afforded this book an invaluable accuracy and insight because history is not history unless it is true The text is supplemented by many anecdotes, pictures and postage stamps Both specialist and layman will find Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor informative and entertaining Students in chemistry, pharmacy, and medicine, workers in healthcare and high school science teachers will find this book most useful Features Provides a convenient summary of some of the major advances in pharmaceuticals Provides new insight into the human side of science, including the role of luck and persistence Exposes the myths and inaccuracies associated with famous, popular drugs such as Lipitor and Viagra Includes engaging anecdotes and many color illustrations

    One thought on “Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use”

    1. Exactly what it says on the tin: the stories behind the development of a wide variety of drugs, including ones that are no longer in use. Many of the stories are fascinating, and some of them are nearly soap operatic in the level of backstabbing involved between the researchers. The tone is very conversational, which is especially helpful when Li delves into the science. He doesn't shy away from the hard science involved, so some sections of the book were a bit over my head. Since the book is di [...]

    2. This is an engaging narrative on the development of pharmaceuticals to treat six major families of illnesses. I particularly enjoyed the human side of the stories -- the serendipitous discoveries as well as the ones that required tremendous effort. The author goes into technical details as well but I do not have the background in organic chemistry and molecular biology to understand and appreciate what, at times, became a bit tedious. It is only for this reason that I am giving this book 4-stars [...]

    3. Nice book. Being a physician, I knew part of the facts told by the author. I do not fully agree with the idea of writing the books starting from a pharmacological classification; furthermore, in my opinion, many other drugs not cited have a more intriguing and interesting story compared to some others picked by the author, sometimes a little boring. Nevertheless, a fully enjoyable reading.

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