Author(s): Michael C. Gerald
This title looks at 250 of the most important moments in the development of pharmaceuticals. Illustrated entries feature ancient drugs, vaccines, cures and controversial medical treatments. It shines a light on the scientists, doctors and companies who brought the drugs to us. Throughout history, humans everywhere have searched for remedies to heal our bodies and minds. Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this book in the hugely popular Milestones series looks at 250 of the most important moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving and sometimes life-endangering pharmaceuticals. Illustrated entries feature ancient drugs like alcohol, opium and hemlock; the smallpox and the polio vaccines; homeopathic cures; and controversial medical treatments like ether, amphetamines and Xanax - while shining a light on the scientists, doctors and companies who brought them to us.
Michael C. Gerald, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and has served as Dean of the school. He was previously a consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has authored more than 100 publications and five books, including The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie (University of Texas Press) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prescription Drugs (Alpha).