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Author Mann, J.
Title Life saving drugs : the elusive magic bullet / John Mann.
Imprint Cambridge : Royal Society of Chemistry, [2004]

Author Mann, J.
Series RSC paperbacks
RSC paperbacks.
Subject Pharmacology -- History.
Drugs -- History.
Drugs -- Research -- History.
Anti-Bacterial Agents -- history.
Antiviral Agents -- history.
Drug Therapy -- history.
Vaccines -- history.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
monochrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-240) and index.
Contents Fighting Bacteria -- The Black Death -- Miasmata, Animalcules and Malaria -- Antiseptics -- From Dyes to Sulfonamides: The First Antibacterials -- Penicillins: Early Ideas of Antibiosis -- Penicillins: Fleming's Serendipitous Discovery -- Chain and Florey and the Penicillin Production Line -- Semi-Synthetic Penicillins and the Growing Problem of Resistance -- The Mould that Grew on Sewage: Evolution of the Cephalosporins -- The Mode of Action of the Penicillins and Cephalosporins -- The White Plague and its Treatment -- More 'Treasures' from the Streptomyces -- The Rise of the 'Superbugs' -- Antiviral Treatments -- Introduction: What is a Virus? -- Antibodies: Nature's Magic Bullets -- Smallpox -- Rabies -- Polio -- Gene Technology -- Coughs and Colds and Influenza -- Influenza: The Disease -- Influenza: The Treatments -- The Common Cold -- Herpes: Colds Sores and Chicken Pox -- Aids: History of the Disease -- Aids: Prevention and Treatment -- Haemorrhagic Fever Viruses -- Cancer: The Disease and its Treatment -- Cancer Chemotherapy -- From Poison Gas to Platinum Drugs -- Beating Leukaemia -- Other Anti-metabolites -- Periwinkles, Mayapples and Yew Trees: Anti-Cancer Drugs from Plants -- Microorganisms also Produce Anti-Tumour Agents -- Anti-Tumour Drugs from the Sea -- Turning off Hormonal Influences -- Breast Cancer -- Prostate Cancer -- Biological Warfare Against Cancer Cells -- Prevention is Better Than Cure -- Magic Bullets: Still Elusive After all These Years.
Summary This product is not available separately, it is only sold as part of a set. There are 750 products in the set and these are all sold as one entity. In 1900 only a handful of drugs (morphine, quinine, aspirin, etc) had genuine efficacy but had little value for bacterial or viral infections or cancer. These conditions were usually untreatable. Now there are literally thousands of drugs which offer cures or greatly extended life-spans for those with life-threatening conditions. Life Saving Drugs: the Elusive Magic Bullet describes the discovery and development of antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs. The book highlights the colourful characters behind the inventions and the huge improvements in quality of life and life-expectancy that these drugs have produced. Emphasis is given to the new drugs that have emerged as a result of knowledge of the human genome, and the ways in which the newer drugs are being designed to tackle disease, particularly cancer, at the genetic level. Chemical structures are provided for all of the key drugs and the book is well illustrated. Life Saving Drugs: the Elusive Magic Bullet can be read as a history of drug development during the past 100 years by those with only a passing knowledge of chemistry. For anyone entering the medical profession, pharmacy, or nursing, it will provide a superb basic knowledge of all drugs they are ever likely to meet, including their modes of action. For the chemist or medicinal chemist, it will provide the fundamental knowledge of life-saving drugs that they all should know. And for the non-scientist who wants to know about 'super-bugs', SARS, Ebola, and all of the wonderful advances in treating cancer, it is illuminating and easy to read.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781847551221 (electronic bk.)
184755122X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 228415002
Additional Format Print version: Mann, J. Life saving drugs. Cambridge, UK : Royal Society of Chemistry, ©2004 9780854046348 (DLC) 2006276506 (OCoLC)57065338

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