The Story of a Wonder Drug

Diarmuid Jeffreys

Vydalo: Bloomsbury, London, 2004

Stav:  dobrý, pečiatky v knihe

Jazyk:  angličtina

Autor obálky:  William Webb, Michael Wildsmith

Vydanie:  1.

Strán:  340

ISBN:  0-7475-7077-9

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Throughout the world we pop more than 200 billion of these little white pills every year. Aspirin is effective not only against everyday ailments - headaches, fever, rheumatic pain - but also as a preventative treatment for heart attacks, strokes, and even some types of cancers. Add to this its beneficiary role in a host of other conditions from Alzheimer’s to gum disease, and you have a medicine of unparalleled importance to humanity, not to mention big business. Yet until 1971 we did not even know how Aspirin worked.

In this fascinating and informative book Diarmuid Jeffreys follows the surprising and dramatic story of the drug from its origins in ancient Egypt, through its industrial development at the end of the nineteenth century and its key role in the great flu pandemic of 1918 to its subsequent exploitation by the pharmaceutical conglomerates, chief among them the Bayer company of Germany.

Along the way we meet an American Indiana Jones-style adventurer, an Oxfordshire parson, a forgotten Jewish scientist, an Australian chemist and a New Zealand advertising genius, but it is the story of Bayer and its patents and publicity battles in Germany, the USA, Britain, Australia and South America, its key role in the IG Farben group during the Third Reich, and its postwar attempts to reassemble its fragmented worldwide business that reveal so clearly the inextricable links between medicine and the marketplace.

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