By Thomas Hager
The Nazis chanced on it. The Allies gained the struggle with it. It conquered illnesses, replaced legislation, and single-handedly introduced the period of antibiotics. This fabulous discovery was once sulfa, the 1st antibiotic. In The Demon lower than the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic heritage of the drug that formed sleek medicine.
Sulfa kept hundreds of thousands of lives—among them these of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.—but its genuine results are much more a long way achieving. Sulfa replaced the way in which new medicinal drugs have been built, authorized, and bought; remodeled the best way medical professionals taken care of sufferers; and ushered within the period of contemporary drugs. The very idea that chemical compounds created in a lab might medication disorder revolutionized medication, taking it from the therapy of indicators and soreness to the eradication of the basis reason for disorder.
A unusual and colourful story, The Demon lower than the Microscope illuminates the brilliant characters, company procedure, person idealism, cautious making plans, fortunate breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, exertions, and the critical (though fallacious) concept that introduced sulfa to the realm. this can be a attention-grabbing medical story with the entire pleasure and intrigue of an exceptional suspense novel.
For millions of years, people had sought drugs with which they can defeat contagion, they usually had slowly, painstakingly, gained a number of battles: a few vaccines to chase away illness, a handful of antitoxins. A drug or was once on hand which could cease parasitic ailments when they hit, tropical maladies like malaria and slumbering disorder. however the nice killers of Europe, North the United States, and such a lot of Asia—pneumonia, plague, tuberculosis, diphtheria, cholera, meningitis—were brought on no longer by way of parasites yet via micro organism, a lot smaller, a long way assorted microorganisms. by means of 1931, not anything on the earth might cease a bacterial an infection as soon as it begun. . . .
But all that used to be approximately to alter. . . . —from The Demon less than the Microscope
From the Hardcover edition.