This is a great book packed full of information. I learned bits and pieces of this story in school but this book gives an in-depth view of the entire field from the discovery of bacteria to the discovery of antibiotics. It cover the discovery of sulfa mainly but the warnings on improper use that lead to resistance should continue to be a dire warning today.
This was very well written, informative and intriguing. It answers questions I've had for 40+ years. I would recommend this book for everyone in the medical and medical research field, and anyone intrigued at how politics controls science and the practice medicine.
I loved the book, but hated how it was read. The reader had a breathless, sing-song style that was extremely distracting. I've audioed about 120 books here and never been so annoyed by a reader. That being said, the book itself is wonderful...I'd give the non-audio form of the book five stars. It details the discovery of the first real antibiotic, sulfa, and the people around its discovery. Well written and, believe it or not about a book on chemicals, exciting!
This book kept me interested CD1 to CD10. It's a great discussion of how the development of sulfa drugs changed history during wartime and after. Lots of interesting facts interlaced with commentary. Not your typical history book - try it.
Biographer and science writer Thomas Hager has written or edited five books on medicine and science, most recently The Demon Under the Microscope. Hes the author of two books on Linus Pauling, including the acclaimed biography, Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.