Ten Drugs

Ten Drugs Behind Every Landmark Drug Is A Story It Could Be An Oddball Researcher S Genius Insight, A Catalyzing Moment In Geopolitical History, A New Breakthrough Technology, Or An Unexpected But Welcome Side Effect Discovered During Clinical Trials Piece Together These Stories, As Thomas Hager Does In This Remarkable, Century Spanning History, And You Can Trace The Evolution Of Our Culture And The Practice Of Medicine Beginning With Opium, The Joy Plant, Which Has Been Used For , 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Ten Drugs
  • Thomas Hager
  • 11 September 2017
  • 9781419734403

10 thoughts on “Ten Drugs

  1. says:

    I finished the book All of it was interesting The future of drug research is entirely predicated on what profits Big Pharma might make Cheap drugs that can be sold to the masses, like statins, or 1,000 a pop ones like Humira view spoiler It is worth reading the whole of that article, or if you must skim, the last couple of sentences hide spoiler

  2. says:

    A really good history of medicine told through drugs Author Hager writes well, doesn t have an axe to grind and has done his homework One of the best popular science books I ve seen in awhile Highly recommended 4.5 stars, rounded up.Three of the ten titular drugs are opium, morphine, heroin and the modern synthetic opioids fentanyl, oxycontin, etc OK, that s five or six already, but the opioids earn their outsize space in the book by doing so well at pain control nothing else is anywhere nearly so good for severe pain and with their intractable problem of addiction Despite 100 years of strenuous efforts by the chemists, the opioids are ALL highly addictive, and once a person is addicted, something like 90% stay addicted for the rest of their life Which may be short, as fatal overdoses are common Per Hager, Opioid overdoses kill Americans than car accidents and gun homicides put together In the US, there have been at least three opioid crises since the mid 1840s It s a recurring problem that isn t going away Another impressively researched chapter is on statins, the cholesterol reducing drugs that are widely prescribed, even for groups at pretty low risk for heart problems The author is in that group, did his homework, and concluded that, for him, the risks outweighed the benefits But by a small margin, and you might decide differently Hager also wrote Understanding Statins , a short, inexpensive ebook based on his research review that led me to read the book is also the best I saw online, by John Steele Gordon at the WSJ It s paywalled, but I would be happy to send you a copy.

  3. says:

    Really interesting books about several popular and some life saving drugs The part I liked best was the focus on the money angle what kind of drugs sell lipitor and viagra for example and how the profit motive makes for bad decisionmaking in drug research We tend to assume that patent protection and the ability to make tons of money leads to better drugs, but it leads to drugs like viagra Turns out there isn t all that much money in life saving drugs that you just take once and are done with the disease Most of those were created by researchers who were just doing it for the science.

  4. says:

    There s plenty of interesting information in this book However, the author s chatty, informal writing style began grating on me after a while It was as though this very complex topic was intentionally being dumbed down About half way through I confess to skimming a bit here and there Hence the two stars.

  5. says:

    A wonderful book on drugs and their impact on societyI had read Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager and so I had high expectations for 10 Drugs and I wasn t the least bit disappointed The book has everything I like clearly explained medicine and science, lots of history, and social implications of the drugs Hager s appraisal is honest he thinks drugs are a good thing but that the drug companies are much less so Hager is a great writer, and as with some of the drugs in the book, his writing is addictive The book was hard to put down I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in medicine and its history.Disclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes.

  6. says:

    I decided to read this book because I was craving learning something new, and drugs are fascinating because I still don t really understand how they work One of my previous favorite books about drugs is Blitzed Drugs in the Third Reich , which focuses on amphetamines and their prevalence in WWII I loved this book Deeply researched and well written, it covered both the chemistry and especially the history and origins of many significant drugs, including opioids opiates, anti psychotics, and statins.I especially appreciated some of the context the author provided about how drugs get marketed vs their effectiveness, like statins Although statins have a huge impact on lowering bad cholesterol basically a miracle drug that alone doesn t seem to make a significant difference in people dying of heart disease And even though their side effects are minimal, they aren t zero One of the examples he presents is that marketing for a name brand statin suggests that, in clinical trials, it reduced incidences of heart disease by something like 33% When he dug into the data, he found that they took a population of 400 patients, divided them into two groups of 200, then gave one group the statin and gave the second group a sugar pill placebo In the group with the statin, 2 individuals had heart attacks In the group with the placebo, 3 individuals had heart attacks That was the basis for their marketing if 3 people having heart attacks is normal with the placebo, and 2 people had heart attacks while on the statin, you apparently get a 33% reduction Out of 400 people That s some stretchy math right there I might have said that the likelihood of a heart attack based on their data was 1% with the statin and 1.5% with the placebo, for a whopping reduction of 0.5% And if I remember what I read correctly, that reduction is pretty close to the increased chance you get of developing diabetes while on statins So it s complicated.This book covered other topics like the comparative over medication of Americans vs people from other countries, how the development of medicines transitioned from unlocking all of the low hanging fruit in the 19th and 20th centuries and new drugs are extremely complex and expensive to develop, and where the author thinks drugs are going in the future These books always end with a obligatory let s muse about the future chapters, which I d honestly prefer they just stopped doing it s just begging for the book to sound quaint and outdated in the near future Since finishing this book, I went on to read another popular book by Thomas Hagar called The Alchemy of Air A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler which was of similar high quality I d be up for reading this again in the future, although I d probably be interested in digging deeper into a specific drug to learn about the chemistry aspects rather than the historical.

  7. says:

    Ten Drugs is as informative as it is entertaining The history of ten drugs or family of drugs and the influence on medicine and society they had is at the core of this book The financial aspects of the pharmaceutical industry were what I found most interesting.

  8. says:

    I loved this one.It s not a science book per se, if you re looking for chemical structures and detailed descriptions of certain drugs, this may disappoint you It s written like a novel and the author has a great, engaging way to present information I got goosebumps at times because you re really feeling with these people and their discoveries even if it all happened so long ago Sometimes it s just a tad cheesy, but that was fine for me, I love this It stays in your mind especially the Chapter about Lady Mary Montague, which is extremely fitting even today The drugs he choose were very interesting as well as the stories behind them, with a huge focus on opioids and the current addiction crisis in the US So if you read the Introduction, which is a fantastic start to know what you re in for, because the author tells you exactly what his book is isn t, and like it, I m sure you ll enjoy the book.

  9. says:

    A history of pharmacology that spotlights 10 drugs Each drug is marketed as a wonder only to be undone by its side effects Pros and cons to each one, yet it seems like people think there will still be a magic bullet Excellent.

  10. says:

    Every time we take a pill, a shot or vaccination, we rarely think about how it was created, it s history or the motivation behind it We take what we need, what we don t need, and try to keep going about our lives Thomas Hager breaks down the timeline throughout history on how we got to where we are today through his book, Ten Drugs, by focusing on ten drugs with a number of honorable mentions starting with the source of what you could argue started it all opium.Hager made it very clear in the beginning that the book was written for those who did not have a background in science or medicine Because of this, the book wasn t heavy on science or medical terms, was filled with interesting facts and was easy to connect to Medication, with all the good and bad sides to it, is a fascinating subject and this book made a lot of things clearer It also was humorous at times to learn how certain medications were discovered and how the anti vaxxers movement started long before any of us alive today where even born.My fascination with Big Pharma and how prescription medication became a big business had me intrigued to read this book, but now knowing the history and all of the pioneers that have done a lot of good, tried to do a lot of good, and that have done it for the profit made me understand why our society today is greatly influenced by this industry By the end of the book, I felt the same way as the author I am grateful and excited for the future of medicine, but personally, I would rather a lot of the focus be turned to eradicating and preventing diseases instead of life long drug use in order to deal with the symptoms of whatever ailment a person may have and constantly trying to find the next big blockbuster drug.

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