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David R. (drambear) reviewed The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug on + 19 more book reviews
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Within the first fifty pages this book took it's place in my top ten non-fiction works. It includes history, science, biography and business wrapped together with clear writing. It a shock to see some of the usually fatal diseases our grandparents faced that have been all but forgotten. A world where a boil, insect bite, or cut finger could result in an ugly death. The author states that this is a book about "antibiotic" and he includes the sulfa drugs to be part of this class, rather than just those we usually consider an "antibiotic". In this the author is being a bit disingenuous, I suspect to help market his book. The book is about the sulfa drugs which proceeded what we today consider "antibiotics" and have been all but forgotten. The details of the discovery and use of "antibiotics" is fairly well known. I personally might have skipped a book subtitled "The Story of the Sulfa Drugs". I am so very happy the author said what he did.
Barbara reviewed The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug on + 1142 more book reviews
Sulfa drugs have been so overshadowed by penicillin and other newer and more powerful antibiotics that few people realize sulfa's important place in medical history. Hager keeps this complex story clear, and strikes a deft balance between technical details and human interest, to tell the story of the development of a medical miracle.