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The Resource The drug hunters : the improbable quest to discover new medicines, Donald R. Kirsch, PhD and Ogi Ogas, PhD

The drug hunters : the improbable quest to discover new medicines, Donald R. Kirsch, PhD and Ogi Ogas, PhD

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The drug hunters : the improbable quest to discover new medicines
Title
The drug hunters
Title remainder
the improbable quest to discover new medicines
Statement of responsibility
Donald R. Kirsch, PhD and Ogi Ogas, PhD
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Language
eng
Summary
"The surprising, behind-the-scenes story of how our medicines are discovered, told by a veteran drug hunter. The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity-- by chewing, brewing, and snorting--some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Otzi the Iceman, the five-thousand-year-old hunter frozen in the Italian Alps, was found to have whipworms in his intestines and Bronze-age medicine, a worm-killing birch fungus, knotted to his leggings. Nowadays, Big Pharma conglomerates spend billions of dollars on state-of the art laboratories staffed by PhDs to discover blockbuster drugs. Yet, despite our best efforts to engineer cures, luck, trial-and-error, risk, and ingenuity are still fundamental to medical discovery. Drug Hunters is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of the search for new medicines from our Neolithic forebears to the professionals of today, and from quinine and aspirin to Viagra, Prozac, and Lipitor. The chapters offer a lively tour of how new drugs are actually found, the discovery strategies, the mistakes, and the rare successes. Dr. Donald R. Kirsch infuses the book with his own expertise and experiences from thirty-five years of drug hunting, whether searching for life-saving molecules in mudflats by Chesapeake Bay or as a chief science officer and research group leader at major pharmaceutical companies"--
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Dewey number
615.1072
Index
no index present
LC call number
RM301.25
LC item number
.K57 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The drug hunters : the improbable quest to discover new medicines, Donald R. Kirsch, PhD and Ogi Ogas, PhD
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Publication
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956947514
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
318 pages
Isbn
9781628727180
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016034624
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956947514
Label
The drug hunters : the improbable quest to discover new medicines, Donald R. Kirsch, PhD and Ogi Ogas, PhD
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956947514
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
318 pages
Isbn
9781628727180
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016034624
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956947514

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