Miracle Cure by William Rosen audiobook

Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

By William Rosen
Read by Rob Shapiro

Penguin Audio 9780525428107
12.17 Hours 1
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The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma. As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. By 1955, the age-old evolutionary relationship between humans and microbes had been transformed, trivializing once-deadly infections.      William Rosen captures this revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. He explains why, given the complex nature of bacteria—and their ability to rapidly evolve into new forms—the only way to locate and test potential antibiotic strains is by large-scale, systematic, trial-and-error experimentation. Organizing that research needs large, well-funded organizations and businesses, and so our entire scientific-industrial complex, built around the pharmaceutical company, was born.     Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, Miracle Cure is a must-read science narrative—a drama of enormous range, combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature since the invention of agriculture ten thousand years ago.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Library Journal bestseller in science history

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma. As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. By 1955, the age-old evolutionary relationship between humans and microbes had been transformed, trivializing once-deadly infections.      William Rosen captures this revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. He explains why, given the complex nature of bacteria—and their ability to rapidly evolve into new forms—the only way to locate and test potential antibiotic strains is by large-scale, systematic, trial-and-error experimentation. Organizing that research needs large, well-funded organizations and businesses, and so our entire scientific-industrial complex, built around the pharmaceutical company, was born.     Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, Miracle Cure is a must-read science narrative—a drama of enormous range, combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature since the invention of agriculture ten thousand years ago.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Rob Shapiro’s resonant baritone carries the listener smoothly through this fascinating history…[and] effortlessly articulates the names of chemical compounds, bacterial species, French scientists, and German companies…Shapiro perfectly conveys the author’s disapproval, amusement, and admiration. An entertaining production of an extraordinarily interesting book. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Rosen’s highly informed retelling captures the drama of scientists’ quest…and the egos, ambitions, brilliance, and resolve that drove them.” Wall Street Journal
“Delivers reams of science at a thrilleresque pace. The experimentalists—Gerhard Domagk and Howard Florey among them—are vividly portrayed, as are the patients cured.” Nature
“Rosen tells the lavish story of antibiotics with the flair and skill of a seasoned novelist…A triumph of science writing.” Minneapolie Star Tribune

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Author Bio: William Rosen

Author Bio: William Rosen

William Rosen, author of The Third Horseman, Justinian’s Flea, and The Most Powerful Idea in the World, among other books, was an editor and a publisher at Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and the Free Press for nearly twenty-five years.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 12.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English