THE MIRACLE DRUGS by Dr. Boris Sokoloff


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A perennial popularizer of modern medicine follows up his Story of Penicillin with a general coverage of chemotherapy today. Opening with Ehrlich, who laid the groundwork with his ""magic bullet""- a salvarsan, many years passed until the sulfas were rediscovered and put to use in 1935; Metchnikoff found a diphtheria and cholera antidote; penicillin was researched- and its production problem overcome; streptomycin, aureomycin, patulin, and miscellaneous molds and antibiotic substances were discovered- their values, and limitations, understood. The specific characteristics of each of these drugs, their potency, their toxicity, are fully recorded and the information seems competent- although one questions just how interested is the interested layman?

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1949
Publisher: Ziff-Davis