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Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor – The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use

Jie Jack Li


The stories behind drug discovery are fascinating, full of human and scientific interest. This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as well as the human frailty associated them. History is replete with examples of breakthrough medicines that have saved millions of lives. Ether as an anesthetic by Morton; penicillin as an antibiotic by Fleming; and insulin as an anti-diabetic by Banting are just a few examples. The discoverers of these medicines are doubtlessly benefactors to mankind--for instance, without penicillin, 75% of us pr ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300994
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195300994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jie Jack Li, author