By Irwin W. Sherman
Drugs are utilized in the analysis, relief, remedy, prevention or therapy of sickness. it is a e-book approximately medicines, how they got here to be, and the way they exert their ‘magic’. this present day we've medicinal drugs to guard opposed to infectious illnesses, to relieve aches and pains, to permit new organs to interchange the outdated, and for mind features to be transformed. but, for the main half the way wherein medications are constructed and via whom continues to be a secret. medicines are greater than only a tablet or liquid and a few have markedly altered historical past. the writer has chosen a number of medicinal drugs – highlights representing milestones affecting our health and wellbeing and influencers of social swap. The tales informed are dramatic and contain dazzling successes and dismal disasters. And the folks approximately whom those tales are informed are either saints and sinners – selfless and conniving – daring and mercurial and shy and retiring loner. the medication themselves replicate the variety in their starting place tales and the writer assembles either side of those interesting stories.
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35 How Aspirin Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 32 Drugs That Changed the World In 1757, the Reverend Edward Stone of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, England, stripped the bark from a willow tree (Salix alba), and when it was tasted, he was surprised at its bitterness. It resembled, he thought, the taste of the Jesuits’ bark, the rare and rather expensive remedy for the fever, the ague, a disease then quite common in the low-lying areas of England, particularly Oxfordshire and the fens of Kent.
In stately homes, the bottle of chloroquine would be a fixture, along with the condiments on the family table. In military cantonments the troops would assemble for a ‘chloroquine parade’. ” In 1955, the World Health Organization (WHO) confident in the power of chloroquine to kill malaria parasites and DDT to kill the malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquitoes launched the Global Malaria Eradication Campaign. As a result, malaria was eliminated from Europe, Australia, and other developed countries and large areas of tropical Asia and Latin America were freed from the risk of infection but the campaign had excluded sub-Saharan Africa.
Coca-Cola and Cocaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morphine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heroin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 49 40 Drugs That Changed the World During the Middle Ages and until the nineteenth century, cleanliness was neither a priority of medicine nor a priority of people in general. Communal wells provided water to the streets, but there were few facilities for removing sewage.