THE MILLION DOLLAR BUGS by Michael Pearson

THE MILLION DOLLAR BUGS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Essentially covering much of the same ground as Richard Harris' 1964 account of the drug industry and Kefauver's investigation of it--The Real Voice--this runs through the decades of the 30's and 40's and the launching and pricing of the many new drugs which led to infighting within and trust-busting from without. The question whether these companies did good or did well is left open-ended. Mr. Pearson gives a playback of the development of the wonder drugs from Aureomycin to Declomycin; the conflict between the Sabin & Cox's live vaccines and Salk's; the thalidomide incident and the fortunate intuition of a young woman doctor here who held up its passage; etc. etc. Mr. Harris was certainly a better writer (who would never have voiced ""deep emotional conflictions"") and one is left wondering whether another book on relatively the same material is not just another kind of drug on another market.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1969
Publisher: Putnam